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September 16, 2011

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day – September 17, 2011

Constitution Day, or Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, is an American federal observance that recognizes the adoption of the United States Constitution and honors the privileges and responsibilities of U.S. citizenship by birth or naturalization. It is observed on September 17, the day the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787.

The theme of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day 2011 is "Federal Courts: Guardians of the Constitution."

White House Proclamation: President Obama proclaims September 17, 2011, as Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, and September 17 through September 23, 2011, as Constitution Week.

Federal Judges Oath of Office: In this video produced for Constitution Day 2011, federal judges say their oath of office and explain what it means to them every time they take the bench. The oath is part of the Judiciary Act of 1789.

Scholastic Children's Program
: The American Board of Trial Advocates Foundation's  "Justice by the People" program is the most popular site at Scholastic for Constitution Day. It includes classroom lessons, an interactive mock trial, and fact sheets.

Updated: Sep 16, 2011