Today marks the 228th anniversary of the day on which the members of the U.S. Constitutional Convention signed the Constitution in 1787. September 17 is now celebrated throughout the United States as Constitution Day.
Constitution Day has an interesting history. In 1939, newspaper magnate William Randolph Hearst advocated, through his chain of newspapers, for a day to celebrate U.S. citizenship. In 1940, Congress designated the third Sunday in May as “I am an American Day.”
In 1952, President Harry Truman moved the holiday to Sept. 17 and changed the name to “Citizenship Day.” Congress renamed the holiday “Constitution Day” in 2004.