Signing of the Constitution by Howard Chandler Christy.
On September 17, 1787, the Founding Fathers signed the most influential document in American history, the U.S. Constitution
In 1956, Congress established Constitution Week, which begins on September 17th of each year. In 2004, September 17th was designated as Constitution Day—a day to learn about the U.S. Constitution and develop a better understanding of the documents behind the creation of the U.S. government.
The U.S. Constitution has 4,400 words. It is the oldest and shortest written Constitution of any major government in the world.
Of the spelling errors in the Constitution, "Pensylvania" above the signers' names is probably the most glaring.
The Constitution was "penned" by Jacob Shallus, A Pennsylvania General Assembly clerk, for $30 ($830 today).
It took one hundred days to actually "frame" the Constitution.
When it came time for the states to ratify the Constitution, the lack of any bill of rights was the primary sticking point.
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§106. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
(a) DESIGNATION.—September 17 is designated as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day.
(b) PURPOSE.—Constitution Day and Citizenship Day commemorate the formation and signing on September 17, 1787, of the Constitution and recognize all who, by coming of age or by naturalization, have become citizens.
(c) PROCLAMATION.—The President may issue each year a proclamation calling on United States Government officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on Constitution Day and Citizenship Day and inviting the people of the United States to observe Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies.
(d) STATE AND LOCAL OBSERVANCES.—The civil and educational authorities of States, counties, cities, and towns are urged to make plans for the proper observance of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day and for the complete instruction of citizens in their responsibilities and opportunities as citizens of the United States and of the State and locality in which they reside.
(Pub. L. 105–225, Aug. 12, 1998, 112 Stat. 1255; Pub. L. 108–447, div. J, title I, §111(c)(1), Dec. 8, 2004, 118 Stat. 3344.)