U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) is celebrating Constitution Day and Citizenship Day this year by welcoming more than 19,000 new citizens in more than 235 naturalization ceremonies across the nation between September 17 and September 23.
The nation observes Constitution Day on September 17 to commemorate the signing of the U.S. Constitution on September 17, 1787. Citizenship Day is also observed on September 17 after President Harry Truman signed it into law on September 17, 1952. In 1955, President Dwight Eisenhower proclaimed the first Constitution Week, which takes place every year beginning on September 17.
Each year, USCIS celebrates Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, along with Constitution Week by reflecting on what it means to be a U.S. citizen, holding special naturalization ceremonies across the country, encouraging new citizens to take action to fully exercise their new rights and responsibilities, and releasing new tools and resources that can help aspiring applicant’s pursue citizenship.
For this year’s venues for the Constitution Day and Citizenship Day naturalization ceremonies, please see 2022 Constitution Day- and Citizenship Day-themed ceremonies. Following each naturalization ceremony, USCIS encourages new U.S. citizens and their families and friends to share their naturalization photos on social media using the hashtags #NewUSCitizen, #ConstitutionWeek, and #CitizenshipDay.
In addition to holding more than 235 ceremonies across the country as part of Constitution Day and Citizenship Day, USCIS will also host numerous activities throughout the month of September, all aimed at empowering immigrants to pursue citizenship along with the rights and opportunities that come with it. The agency will also publicly release an Eligible to Naturalize Dashboard to share statistical information about populations that may be eligible to seek naturalization in the United States and a “Two Generational Family Toolkit” to help families learn about citizenship and prepare for the naturalization test together.