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Constitution Day, Citizenship Day, & Voting Rights: Constitution Day, Citizenship Day, & Voting Rights

What is Constitution Day?

According to documentation at the Library of Congress at Constitution Day and Citizenship Day the current "Constitution Day and Citizenship Day" had its roots back in 1940 with a joint resolution passed by Congress having the President issue a Proclamation setting aside the third Sunday in May for public recognition for all those who attained American citizenship, as "I Am An American Day.”

In 1952 Congress repealed the 1940 joint resolution and passed a new law moving the date to September 17 to commemorate the September 17, 1787 signing of the Constitution, and still retained the designation of "Citizenship Day" as well.

Effective May 24, 2005, the U.S. Department of Education released a “Notice of Implementation” that federal legislation proposed by West Virginian Senator Robert C. Byrd and passed by Congress requires all educational institutions which receive federal funds from the Department of Education to provide education programs relating to the United States Constitution on September 17 of each year and also requires that head of every federal agency provide each employee with educational and training materials concerning the Constitution on this date as well. For reference, see the Federal Register May 24, 2005 . September 17 commemorates the signing of the Constitution by the Constitution Convention delegates on September 17, 1787.

Harford Community College is celebrating “Constitution Day” on Tuesday September 19, 2023, in accordance with this federal legislation.

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Tues September 19, 2023: Civil Liberties and Bill of Rights Program & 28th Amendment Interactive Project in HHH


September 19, 2023

9:30 AM - 11:00 AM

Hays-Heighe House Room 201 (2nd floor)

Dr. Stephanie Hallock, Professor of Political Science, & Dr. James Karmel, Professor of History, present on "Civil Liberties and the History of the Bill of Rights" 

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Immediately following from 11 AM - 12 Noon in Hays-Heighe House Room 101 (1st floor) - Carol Powers, Chair of Constitution Week Committees, Governor William Paca Chapter of NSDAR, will lead attendees in an interactive collaborative "28th Amendment Interactive Project"

Constitution Day is a celebration of the formation and signing of the U.S. Constitution by 39 of the 55 delegates to the Constitutional Convention on September 17, 1787. The date is also designated Citizenship Day to focus on the rights and responsibilities of citizens under the Constitution.

Constitution Day at Harford strives to educate the campus community about the Constitution and citizenship, both historically and as they apply to today's challenges.


CLICK HERE for link to HCC BSS Professor Stephanie Hallock's CONSTITUTION DAY 2020 Prezi Presentation!

Constitution Day and Citizenship E-Resources

 Check out these online Constitution resources!

Find more documents and information on the Government Documents at HCC Library LibGuide, the Government Documents web page, and in the Library Catalog.

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Constitution Day Events for Tues Sept 19!

  • 9:30 AM - 11:00 AM in Hays-Heighe House Room 201 - Constitution Day program featuring Dr. Stephanie Hallock, Professor of Political Science, & Dr. James Karmel, Professor of History, at Harford Community College. Live Stream Link:  This activity is sponsored by HCC Library

  • 11;00 AM - 12 Noon in Hays-Heighe House Room 101 - enjoy a collaborative exercise in "The 28th Amendment Interactive Project", led by Carol Powers, Chair of Constitution Week Committee, Governor William Paca Chapter of NSDAR, where participants interact and discuss ideas for creating a 28th Amendment to the Constitution. This activity is co-sponsored by HCC Library and by the Governor William Paca Chapter of the NSDAR (National Society Daughters of the American Revolution).
  • Student Life at 2nd Floor Library Patio - National Voter Registration Day and Giveaways  - register to vote and update your current registration with the Harford County Board of Elections and the League of Women Voters while enjoying fun activities and giveaways!
  • Meet a "Founding Father" while he visits campus classrooms and hands out Pocket Constitutions!
  • All day while HCC Library is Open - displays on the Constitution & the Bill of Rights. All kinds of giveaways and goodies including Pocket Constitutions and Constitution Day buttons at all service desks and on tables on the 2nd floor of Library!

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Andie Craley

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