Constitution Day: Facts to Celebrate on September 17

  • Jack Collins
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Outside of Labor Day and (and of course American Chess Day), you may not know many holidays to celebrate in September 2022. National Papaya Month aside, there is one more holiday you absolutely need to remember this month. September 17, 2022 marks the 235th anniversary of the document that created this country, and that is definitely a reason to celebrate. We have lined up some facts and history about Constitution Day to help you prepare.

Constitution Day: Facts and History

Although the Constitution traces its origins back more than 200 years, Constitution Day is a relatively new phenomenon. In fact, we only started recognizing Constitution Day in its current form in 2004. Previously, we called the holiday “Citizenship Day,” and celebrated it in May.

Today, the holiday commemorates more than just the living document that embodies our nation. It also honors each and every American citizen, regardless of who they are. This may sound cheesy, but it’s a sentiment that’s particularly important in recent years. 

It also celebrates all Americans everywhere!

However, the holiday existed in several unofficial forms before its current one. For example, way back in 1917, while the Great War raged basically everywhere else in the world, a group of Americans – including General “Black Jack” Pershing – tried to promote the idea of a holiday celebrating the Constitution. 

One last thing to note is that it isn’t the only one of its kind out there. As a matter of fact, nearly every republic has some day where they observe their constitution. From Mexico to Norway, Constitution Day has become a time when people around the world celebrate the document that protects their rights.

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