September 17th is designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day in order to commemorate the signing of the United States Constitution on September 17, 1787. It was on this date that the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention signed the document.
Constitution Day and Citizenship Day were established by law when Senator Robert Byrd from West Virginia added an amendment to the Consolidated Appropriations Act, 2005 which was enacted on December 8, 2004. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day are now found under section 106 of title 36 of the United States Code (Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, 36 U.S.C. § 106 (2020)). In 2005, the Department of Education announced a statutory requirement which mandated that educational institutions receiving federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education implement educational program pertaining to the United States Constitution on Constitution Day.
This year, the CSU Stanislaus Library is celebrating Constitution Day on Wednesday, September 20th during Warrior Wednesday. Be sure to stop by our booth in the quad for a fun treat and a pocket Constitution. Also, check out the other pages on our Government Resources guide for more information about the Constitution, federal government publications, and State of California publications.
Check out the interactive timeline of the United States Constitution! This timeline discusses significant moments in Constitutional history and links to resources available from the CSU Stanislaus Library as well as primary sources, exhibits, and other scholarly sources from other notable organizations and institutions. To view the timeline using your full screen, click the icon with the three dots at the bottom of the timeline and then the icon with two arrows in order to expand the timeline.