Constitution Day History
- 1939: Newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst advocated a day to celebrate U.S. Citizenship.
- 1940: Congress created I Am an American Day to be celebrated on the third Sunday in May.
- 1952: President Truman moved the holiday to the date of the signing of the U.S. Constitution, September 17th, and changed the name to Citizenship Day.
- 1955: The Daughters of the American Revolution began lobbying in 1955, through Senator William F. Knowland of California, for a memorial week dedicated to the U.S. Constitution.
- 1956: President Eisenhower proclaimed the first Constitution Week, from September 17th to September 23rd.
- December 2004: Senator Robert Byrd attached a provision to the Consolidated Appropriations, 2005 (Pub. L. 108-447). This provision changed the name of Citizenship Day to Constitution Day and mandated that all school districts receiving federal funding must instruct students on the U.S. Constitution on September 17th, or the following week if September 17th falls on a weekend or holiday.