Constitution Day commemorates the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787, recognizing all who are born in the United States, or by naturalization, have become citizens.
In 1940, the U.S. Congress passed a joint resolution establishing the 3rd Sunday in May each year as “I am an American Day” – to recognize all who have attained American Citizenship either by the coming of age or by naturalization. In 1952, Congress repealed the 1940 joint resolution and passed a new law establishing September 17 as “Citizenship Day”, to commemorate the signing of the US Constitution and to celebrate and recognize all who have attained US Citizenship. In 2004, Congress changed the 1952 designation to “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day” and added two amendments. The amendment most relevant to educational institutions is: “each educational institution that receives Federal funds for a fiscal year shall hold an educational program on the United States Constitution on September 17 of such year for the students served by the educational institution” (Section 111b of Title 36 of the United States Code).
FSU Libraries celebrate the creation and significance of the U.S. Constitution with a virtual exhibit to showcase how our resources support teaching and learning about the Constitution. As a member of the Federal Depository Library Program, FSU Libraries provides free, equitable access to U.S. government publications to the public. The Federal Depository Library Program (FDLP) was created by Congress to ensure that all Americans have access to published government information. FSU Libraries became a member of the FDLP in 1941. We hope you enjoy our exhibit below. As a special addition, we have included a link to a virtual tour of the National Constitution Center in Philadelphia so students can continue to celebrate and explore safely at home. For additional resources about the Constitution, please visit our Constitution Day research guide at: https://guides.lib.fsu.edu/constitutionday.