What Current Holiday Was Originally Called Constitution Day ?
Constitution Day is observed as a federal holiday to commemorate the endorsement of the US Constitution. It is celebrated on September 17, which is the day the Constitution was signed. Though the year of signing was 1787, it was much later in 2004 that the holiday came to be.
However, as early as 1939, William Randolph Hearst, who owned a chain of daily newspapers, made up such a holiday to commemorate citizenship. A year later in 1940, the Congress declared an “I am an American Day”, which was to be celebrated on the third Sunday in May.
It was in 2004, when the law was established for the holiday that Citizenship Day took on the name of Constitution Day. Therefore, the holiday now commemorates the signing of the Constitution as well as recognizes all those who are citizens or have become citizens.
The nation’s flag is hoisted on government buildings, and other appropriate places. It is also a time to reflect on the duties and responsibilities of a citizen.
The act also included educational programs to be provided by all government funded educational institutions on that day. In case, the holiday falls on a weekend, the following weekday will be used to observe the holiday with its educational programs.
Educational institutions have added their own spice to the holiday by conducting campus fairs, distributing free copies of the Constitution, and even by conducting contests based on the Constitution.
However, federal employees are not allowed to take time off from work.
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