June 14 is Flag Day! This annual holiday commemorates the history and symbolism of the American flag. Learn about the history of this momentous celebration, the evolution of the flag of the United States, and the meaning behind the Stars and Stripes.
What is Flag Day?
Flag Day is a celebration of the American flag that happens each year on the anniversary of the flag’s official adoption on June 14.
The declaration of independence made the adoption of an American flag necessary. On June 14, 1777, the current “Stars and Stripes” flag that we all know was adopted by the Continental Congress as the official American flag. The resolution states: “Resolved, that the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
The History of Flag Day
On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 of each year as Flag Day, celebrating the adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States back in 1777.
The Stars and Stripes
The first American flag was designed to represent the 13 original colonies with 13 alternating read and white stripes and 13 white stars on a blue field. The stars were arranged in a circle, based on the idea that all colonies were equal.
After a few design changes, the United States Congress decided to retain the flag’s original 13 stripes, but new stars shall be added to reflect each new state that entered the union. Today, there are 50 stars representing each state in the union, but the 13 stripes remain.
Red, White, and Blue
Why is the American flag red, white, and blue? Why not pink, yellow, and green?
The Continental Congress left no record as to why it chose red, white, and blue colors. However, in 1782, the Congress of the Articles of Confederation established the Great Seal of the United States with colors representing these meanings:
- White for purity and innocence
- Red for valor and hardiness
- Blue for vigilance, perseverance, and justice
American Flag Etiquette
Do you say the Pledge of Allegiance at your school with your hand over your heart? Or maybe sing “The Star Spangled Banner”, the national anthem, at the Super Bowl? Many Americans sing, pledge, and pay respect to the flag as an emblem of our identity as a sovereign nation.
- For members of the armed services and veterans, standing at attention and saluting the flag is a way to honor the flag.
- Civilians should place their right hand over their heart when flag is being lowered or hoisted.
- The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is bad.
- Display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on flagstaffs in the open.
- It may be displayed at night if illuminated for a patriotic effect.
- The flag should be displayed at every public institution, polling places on election days, and at schools during school days.
The U.S. Flag Code is an official set of guidelines that outlines the proper way of displaying the American flag and treating it with respect and honor it deserves. Learn everything about American Flag Etiquette at www.usa.gov/flag and be well prepared to raise the flag this Flag Day!
Flag Day Activities
Although celebrated annually, Flag Day is not considered an official federal holiday. Its observance is proclaimed each year by the president of the United States as part of national tradition. On this day, red white and blue decorations are all over towns and cities where people hold parades and events to celebrate.
Here are a few cool activity ideas you can try at home:
- Organize a costume party with friends and family – It’s a perfect day to gather around for a barbeque. Plan a contest on who wears the best Flag Day costume. Take the opportunity to strut your best red, white, and blue fashions.
- Gather the kids for a history lesson – Teach the kids the history of the American flag and why we celebrate Flag Day. A trivia game with prizes at the end of the lesson would be a great way to capture their interest in a fun way.
- Make a colorful healthy snack – Prepare a flag-themed cake with strawberries, blueberries, and cream. Or create your favorite ice cream dessert topped with marshmallows and fruits. They are basically a summer must-have.
History of The American Flag
Let’s take a trip down memory lane, shall we? The American flag has its own history to tell. In each transformation in every decade, it takes a new and stronger form that symbolizes America’s growth as a nation.
Who made the First American Flag?
Continental Congressman Francis Hopkins originally designed the flag for the U.S. Navy; however, it became the preferred national flag. The official announcement of the new flag was made not until 3rd of September of the same year.
Although many people believed that in June 1776, George Washington commissioned Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress, to create a flag for the new nation in anticipation of a declaration of its independence. There is no proof to this and so the story waned as an American legend.
Evolution of the American Flag
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Why We Love Flag Day
Flag Day is such a momentous day for us all. It’s an opportunity to showcase and express our patriotism. June 14 is a reminder that we are one country – united. As we go on the streets having colorful parades and events, families also start to come together. The weather is getting warmer, kids wrapping up school, and people are coming home. Flag Day is a reminder that summer is just around the corner and fun days are ahead!
Flag Day Dates
Monday, June 14
Tuesday, June 14
Wednesday, June 14
Friday, June 14
Saturday, June 14