The Founding Fathers of the Constitution of USA formed and signed the constitution on 17th September 1787. Hence, 17th September is celebrated as Citizenship Day every year. This day is also known as the Constitution Day and it commemorates the signing of the constitution.
Activities conducted to mark Citizenship Day:
- Since the constitution is one of the oldest in the world, programs are organized to let children learn more about the constitution so they understand their rights and civic responsibilities. This is done to ensure that they reap the benefits of the sacrifices made by their forefathers.
- The National Archives in Washington D.C. is home to the original copy of the constitution which was signed on 17th September, 1787. During the ‘Citizenship Day’ week there are numerous activities that are organized, which one can be a part of, such as signing your own constitution, role playing, author’s seminar’s, and screening of various patriotic movies.
- Various institutions carry out activities on Citizenship Day and throughout the week. The institutions ask volunteers and enthusiastic citizens to participate with them. Volunteers help arrange trivia contests about the Constitution, distribute free copies of the constitution and also organize community fairs to spread more awareness about the history of the country.
- Some NGO’s organize Citizenship Day Activities like cleanliness drives with the help of voluntary citizens from across the city or town. The main motive behind the cleanliness drives is to signify the importance of sanitation and social involvement so that American citizens are conscious of the true meaning of the Citizenship Day.
- The National Flag is usually displayed on flag poles outside homes, on private vehicles and on institutional buildings. People also wear white, read and blue colors to show how proud they are to be citizens of United States of America. They also distribute flags, t-shirts, badges, and mugs which commemorate Citizenship Day activities.
- Volunteers at schools explain the significance of this day to young Americans. This instills pride and confidence in the young children and builds an unwavering foundation for their future as honest, proud and independent American citizens.
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