Flag Day History
National Flag Day is when Americans celebrate the meaning of their nation's flag, honor the traditions associated with its care, and educate those around them to its significance. The Flag of the United States is to be honored and carries with it both history and tradition. On June 14, 1777 the Flag Resolution was signed, making the current stars and stripes the National Flag of the United States of America. On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson called for the nation-wide observance of Flag Day. In 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed congress' decree, making June 14th of each year National Flag Day.
Flag Day Facts & Quotes
- On August 3, 1949, President Harry S. Truman signed a congressional order making June 14th of each year National Flag Day.
- Worn out flags may be given to the American Legion or Boy/Girl Scouts of America where they will burn the flags in a formal ceremony on June 14th.
- The Flag should never touch the ground when being taken down. It should be folded neatly and stored ceremoniously.
- You should fly the American Flag only between sunrise and sunset. If left hanging around the clock, it must be illuminated during the dark hours.
- The First Flag Act was signed by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777...
Resolved, That the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.
Flag Day Top Events and Things to Do
- Fly the American Flag.
- Recite the Pledge of Allegiance.
- Visit a National Monument or National celebration.
- Attend a Flag retirement ceremony.