Every year on June 14th, the United States celebrates Flag Day. The United States flag was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777. Flag Day was not officially declared until 1916, by Woodrow Wilson, the president of the United States at the time. National Flag Day was established by Congress in 1949, but it is not a federal holiday. In 1937, Pennsylvania became the first state to declare Flag Day an official state holiday. The week of June 14th is designated as National Flag Week in the United States, and the president of the United States encourages Americans to fly the American flag throughout the week via proclamation.
It is believed that the idea of celebrating Flag Day in the United States came from a teacher in Wisconsin in 1885.
The colors of the American flag have symbolic significance. The color red represents bravery and toughness. Blue represents justice, endurance, and vigilance. White represents innocence and purity.
The American flag is sometimes referred to as “Old Glory.” Captain William Driver coined the phrase in 1831. He was a shipmaster from Salem, Massachusetts, who named the flag Old Glory after receiving one from friends.
The American flag is also known as the ‘Stars and Stripes,’ a popular nickname referring to the flag’s design.
The American flag’s design has changed 27 times.
There are guidelines for displaying the American flag. They are as follows: 1) display the flag from sunrise to sunset – if displayed at night, it should be illuminated; 2) the flag should never touch the floor or ground; 3) when displayed on a window or wall, the blue field should be in the upper left hand corner; 4) when raising the flag, it should be done quickly, and when lowering it, it should be done ceremoniously.
Despite the rule that the American flag is raised at sunrise and lowered at sunset, it is flown 24 hours a day at several locations, as required by law or presidential proclamation.
On the moon, there are six American flags. The flags were planted on the moon by Apollo crews 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17.
Despite the fact that Flag Day is not a federal holiday, many communities across the country celebrate the American flag with parades and festivals.
Flag Day coincides with the birthday of the United States Army.
The oldest continuous Flag Day parade in the United States is held in Fairfield, Washington. Since 1909, the parade has been held every year except 1918.
Troy, New York hosts the largest Flag Day parade. This parade is attended by an estimated 50,000 people each year. Other major parades take place in Quincy, Massachusetts, and Three Oaks, Michigan.
The National Flag Day Foundation holds Flag Day ceremonies on the second Sunday of June, which include a ceremonial flag raising, recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance, singing of America’s national anthem, a parade, and other activities.