American Citizenship day in Puerto Rico in 2021

American Citizenship day in Puerto Rico in 2021
  How long until American Citizenship day?
This holiday next takes place in 334 days.
  Dates of American Citizenship day in Puerto Rico
2022 Puerto Rico Wed, Mar 2 National Holiday
2021 Puerto Rico Tue, Mar 2 National Holiday
2020 Puerto Rico Mon, Mar 2 National Holiday
2019 Puerto Rico Sat, Mar 2 National Holiday
2018 Puerto Rico Fri, Mar 2 National Holiday
  Summary
On March 2nd 1917, President Woodrow Wilson signed into law the Jones-Shafroth Act, granting U.S. citizenship to residents of Puerto Rico

When is American Citizenship Day?

American Citizenship Day is a public holiday in Puerto Rico on March 2nd each year.

It commemorates the granting of U.S. Citizenship to Puerto Ricans on this day in 1917.

History of American Citizenship Day

The first European to visit the island was Christopher Columbus in November 1493. Puerto Rico would go on to become an important part of the Spanish Empire. In fact, along with Cuba, Puerto Rico was the last Spanish territory in the Americas.

In 1898, during the Spanish–American War, Puerto Rico was invaded by the United States. After the Treaty of Paris, Spain ceded ownership of Puerto Rico and Cuba to the United States.

Did you know?

When America took control, the name of the island was changed to Porto Rico. It was changed back to Puerto Rico in 1932.

On March 2nd 1917, the U.S. Congress passed the Jones-Shafroth Act (commonly known as the Jones Act), which granted Puerto Ricans born on or after April 25th 1898, U.S. citizenship.

The act also created the Senate of Puerto Rico, established a bill of rights, and authorized the election of a Resident Commissioner.

Did you know?

Even though they are American citizens, Puerto Rico's nearly 3.2 million residents are not allowed to vote in U.S. presidential elections.

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