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U.S. Constitution Day and Citizenship Day: Constitution Day

Constitution Day is celebrated on September 17 each year

Constitution Day: September 17

Signing of the Constitution by Howard Chandler Christy. Visit the interactive online copy of this painting.


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.

Fascinating Facts about the U.S. Constitution


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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