National Constitution Day is commemorated every year to honor the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution and to celebrate citizenship.

Constitution Day, also known as Citizenship Day, was first celebrated on Sept. 17, 2005. This national day is observed to honor the 39 delegates to the Constitutional Convention who signed the United States Constitution on Sept. 17, 1787.

The idea of celebrating American citizenship began in 1939, with the efforts of the New York City news tycoon William Randolph Hearst. The third Sunday in May was designated as "I am an American Day" in 1940, to honor all the citizens of the country, especially those who had recently become citizens. The holiday soon gained popularity with efforts from United States Immigration and Naturalization Services.

"I am an American Day" observation became "Citizenship Day" and moved to Sept. 17 after Olga T. Weber, a citizen from Louisville, Ohio, petitioned the officials to change the date of the holiday to correspond with the anniversary of the signing of the United States Constitution. 

Constitution Day can be celebrated through activities, parades and demonstrations to show your love for the country and respect for the founding fathers of the Constitution.

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Here are some quotes about the American constitution that you would like to know as you celebrate National Constitution Day:

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  1. "We have the oldest written constitution still in force in the world, and it starts out with three words: 'We, the people.'" - Ruth Bader Ginsburg
  2. "The Constitution is the guide that I will never abandon." - George Washington
  3.  "The strength of the Constitution lies in the will of the people to defend it. "- Thomas Edison.
  4. "The Constitution only gives people the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself."- Benjamin Franklin.
  5. “Don’t interfere with anything in the Constitution. That must be maintained, for it is the only safeguard of our liberties.” -Abraham Lincoln.
  6. “Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.” – John Adams.
  7. "To live under the American Constitution is the greatest political privilege that was ever accorded to the human race." - Calvin Coolidge
  8. “Constitution is not a mere lawyers document, it is a vehicle of Life, and its spirit is always the spirit of Age.” -Bhimrao Ramji Ambedkar.
  9. Our Constitution was not written in the sands to be washed away by each wave of new judges blown in by each successive political wind."-Hugo Black
  10. "I prefer a man who will burn the flag and then wrap himself in the Constitution to a man who will burn the Constitution and then wrap himself in the flag."-Craig Washington