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Constitution Day 2010: Constitution Day Activities For Kids- Today, September 17, 2010, America will be celebrating its Constitution Day 2010 or “Citizenship Day 2010” to recognize the 223rd anniversary of the ratification of the United States Constitution which was signed on September 17, 1787 by the US Constitutional Convention.
The history of the Constitution Day of the United States dates back in 1939 when William Randolph Hearst advocated through his chain of daily newspapers, the creation of a holiday to celebrate citizenship. In 1940, Congress designated the third Sunday in May as “I am an American Day”. However, on February 29, 1952, Congress moved that observation to September 17th.
Citizenship day was then renamed to “Constitution Day and Citizenship Day” and became a law in 2004 upon the passage of an amendment by Senator Robert Byrd to the Omnibus spending bill of 2004.
So what are the various activities that Americans can do to celebrate Constitution Day 2010? As mandated by law, all publicly funded educational institutions should provide educational programming on the history of the American Constitution. Various universities and colleges nationwide have created “U.S. Constitution and Citizenship Weeks” in order to comply with the requirements of the law. These include activities such as “Constitution Trivia Contests” for kids, distribution of free copies of the U.S. Constitution to familiarize students and Americans in general, a Constitution Day Poster Design Contest, and the creation of a web page with facts and links related to the US Constitution and history of the United States.
Some people also wear t-shirts with Constitution Day quotes to commemorate it. If you are planning to wear one, here are some of the Constitution Day 2010 quotes that you can use:
“The Constitution, on this hypothesis, is a mere thing of wax in the hands of the Judiciary, which they may twist and shape into any form they please.” — Thomas Jefferson
“Let our government be like that of the solar system. Let the general government be like the sun and the states the planets, repelled yet attracted, and the whole moving regularly and harmoniously in several orbits.” – John Dickinson
““I consider the difference between a system founded on the legislatures only, and one founded on the people, to be the true difference between a league or treaty and a constitution.” — James Madison, at the Constitutional Convention, 1787