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Flag Day

Flag Day is a holiday celebrated on June 14 in the United States. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress 1. The Flag Resolution stated: “That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation” 1.

History of Flag Day

There is historical significance to Flag Day. On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress officially adopted the design for the first national flag of the United States. The flag, commonly known as the Stars and Stripes, has become a powerful symbol of American identity and unity.

The earliest reference to the suggestion of a “Flag Day” is attributed to George Morris of Hartford, Connecticut. In 1861, the city of Hartford observed the day in honor of the flag’s adoption, but this observance did not become a tradition. In 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand held the first recognized formal observance of Flag Day at the Stony Hill School in Waubeka, Wisconsin. Cigrand promoted patriotism, respect for the flag, and the need for an annual observance on June 14 2.

Flag Day Is Officially Recognized

The official recognition of Flag Day began in 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day. On August 3, 1949, an Act of Congress established National Flag Day, although it is not an official federal holiday. Title 36 of the United States Code designates Flag Day, but it is at the president’s discretion to officially proclaim the observance.

Pennsylvania, where Ryan grew up, became the first state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday in 1937, starting in the town of Rennerdale.

The United States Army also celebrates its birthday on June 14, as Congress adopted the American continental army after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.

Celebrating Flag Day

Displaying American FlagsOn Flag Day, many Americans proudly display the U.S. flag outside their homes, businesses, and public buildings. Proper flag etiquette includes raising the flag briskly in the morning and lowering it ceremoniously at sunset. People often wear clothing or accessories in the colors of the flag: red, white, and blue. It’s a simple yet powerful way to show patriotism.

Communities organize parades, ceremonies, and patriotic events to celebrate Flag Day. These gatherings often feature marching bands, color guards, and speeches honoring the flag and its symbolism.

Some organizations hold flag retirement ceremonies to properly dispose of old or worn-out flags. The American Legion and other veterans’ groups often conduct these respectful ceremonies, which involve burning the flag in a dignified manner.

Schools and community centers organize educational programs about the history and significance of the flag.Students learn about the design, colors, and meaning behind the stars and stripes.

Singing patriotic songs like “The Star-Spangled Banner” or reciting the Pledge of Allegiance is common during Flag Day events. These expressions of loyalty and pride reinforce the importance of the flag.

Some people visit historical sites related to the flag, such as the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia, where the first flag is said to have been sewn.

Flag Day serves as a reminder of the enduring values and principles represented by the American flag. It’s a time to reflect on the nation’s history, unity, and the sacrifices made by those who have defended the flag throughout its existence.


  2. Flag Day (United States) – Wikipedia
  3. Flag Day | Definition, Date, Meaning, History, & Facts
  4. What is flag day? Here’s when and how to celebrate the summer holiday
  5. What Is Flag Day? | HISTORY
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