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Posted: Monday, September 12, 2011 12:16 pm | Updated: 12:41 pm, Mon Sep 26, 2011.

Ask Americans to rattle off the federal holidays and observances they know by heart, and Citizenship Day isn’t likely to make many people’s top 10.

But the Sept. 17 observance, also known as Constitution Day, is highly regarded in Gilbert, where what began in 2002 as one church’s efforts to honor the U.S. Constitution has grown into a community-wide celebration.

Numerous events occur throughout “Constitution Week” in Gilbert, from school visits by actors portraying the Founding Fathers to a patriotic concert slated for Friday at Higley Center for the Performing Arts.

The highlight is Saturday’s Constitution Fair, produced by the Gilbert stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. There, you’ll find costumed colonial characters, replicas of historic documents and buildings and a 40-minute concert by season seven “American Idol” runner-up David Archuleta. Firefly, the Jones Boys, Light and Fortress will also perform. A military flyover, skydivers and a fireworks finale are planned.

• Contact writer: (480) 898-6818 or azajac@evtrib.com

DETAILS >> 6 p.m. Saturday. Gilbert Town Hall, 50 E. Civic Center Drive. Suggested donation is $5 per person or $15 per family. There is limited chair seating available for the concert for $25; otherwise, bring lawn chairs or blankets. (480) 892-4645 or www.constitutionweekusa.com

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