Flag Day is June 14, and while it might not be as popular or well-known as Independence Day, it’s an important part of American history. It marks the day we adopted the flag, and it’s the day the U.S. Army celebrates its birthday. Ready to put on your stars and stripes? Learn why this holiday came to be and how you can celebrate Flag Day with your family!
What Is Flag Day?
The Story of Flag Day
When delegates from the 13 colonies came together at the Second Continental Congress, they had a big to-do list. The colonial leaders decided it was officially time to cut ties with Britain and Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, and Thomas Jefferson set to work drafting the Declaration of Independence.
The new “free and independent states” needed something to represent them, and the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Resolution. The official flag of the United States, consisting of 13 red and white stripes and 13 stars in a blue field, was adopted on June 14, 1777—Flag Day!
This wasn’t the first memorable June 14th. Two years prior, on June 14, 1775, the first Continental Congress founded the U.S. Army. On this day, expert riflemen from the colonies were authorized to enlist in “the American continental army” for one year. Today, June 14th is a day to celebrate the Army’s birthday and all the brave men & women who have served!
Why Do We Celebrate Flag Day?
Ideas for Celebrating Flag Day
Flag Day festivities might be less prominent than those for the 4th of July, but that doesn’t mean you can’t observe the special day. There are a few different ways you can celebrate and show your respect.
The traditional way to celebrate Flag Day is by flying your stars and stripes all week long. For 2018, National Flag Week is June 10th to June the 16th.
You can also celebrate Flag Day by…
- Putting on your best red, white, and blue outfit
- Flying the flag on your car or motorcycle
- Making some yummy patriotic snacks and sharing the meaning of Flag Day with your kids
- Participating in local Flag Day ceremonies
- Attending a Flag Day parade
- Making Flag Day crafts
How will you celebrate Flag Day 2018? Let us know in a comment and pay your respects to our great nation by following proper flag etiquette!
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