What Current Holiday Was Originally Called Constitution Day ?
Citizenship Day, or September 17, currently observed as a national holiday in the United States, was originally called Constitution Day. The Constitution of the United States of America was signed and officially declared ratified by the Framers in the Constitutional Convention held on 17 September 1787. This day was a landmark in the history of the U.S. and began to be celebrated as the ‘Constitution Day’ on September 17 every year.
Constitution Day is an annual American federal celebration that commemorates the ratification of the U.S. Constitution and the people who have acquired U.S. citizenship. In the year 2004, an amendment to the Omnibus Spending Bill was put forward and approved by Senator Robert Byrd. According to the new amendment, all the public schools in the US were required to teach the students about the history of the US Constitution and the great American forefathers on 17 September to mark the Constitution Day. This law was applicable to all the educational institutes that received any kind of federal funds from the government. In order to comply with the requirements of this law, special ‘US Constitution and Citizenship Weeks’ are celebrated nationwide by all the universities and colleges across the nation.
However, the holiday on 17 September is not observed by allowing time off work to the federal employees. In case September 17 falls on a weekend or clashes with another holiday, the Constitution Day is observed on the adjacent weekday. For instance, in the year 2005, this day was celebrated by declaring a national holiday on Friday, September 16. Similarly, in the year 2006, the holiday to mark the ‘Constitution Day’ was observed on Monday, September 18.
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