Flag Day (United States)

When is it celebrated?

It is celebrated on June 14.

Who celebrates it?

It is celebrated in the United States.

Where does it originate from?

In 1885, schoolteacher Bernard J. Cigrand from Wisconsin started a flag appreciation day at his school. It involved lessons on the importance and history of the American Flag. He then spent the next decades of his life advocating for the formation of a National Flag Day. This came to fruition on May 30, 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14th Flag Day, and on August 3, 1949, when President Harry Truman established a National Flag Day with an act of Congress. June 14

June 14th was chosen because on that day in 1777 the Second Continental Congress passed the bill adopting the Flag and its design.

Symbols/Traditions:

  • Each year the day is proclaimed by the President of the United States.

  • Many states have flag day events and ceremonies.
  • It is celebrated by honoring the Flag, displaying it in homes and businesses, and reciting the Pledge of Allegiance.

See proper flag etiquette here: http://www.usflag.org/flagetiquette.html

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