Flag Day, celebrated every year on June 14th, celebrates the resolution to adopt the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777. At the time the flag contained 13 stripes and 13 stars to represent the first 13 colonies (which is still represented in the 13 stripes of today’s flag). Over a century later, in 1916, President Woodrow Wilson officially established June 14 as Flag Day. While Flag Day is not an official Federal holiday, many historical cities including Philadelphia and Baltimore celebrate Flag week with multiple ceremonial events. The U.S. Army also celebrates this day as it’s Birthday.
Here are a few additional facts about our flag.
- There have been 27 official versions of the flag so far, with the most current version dates back to July 4, 1960.
- A 17 year old high school student in Ohio created the current 50 state flag for a school project, when he rearranged the current 48 star flag once it was announced that Alaska would be joining the Union, and there was suspicion Hawaii would be next.
- When taking down a flag, care must be taken to prevent the flag from touching the ground. Relative to this, carpets or rugs featuring the stars and stripes are barred according to flag code.
- When any flag (state, city, or group) is flown with the American flag (on American soil) the American flag must always fly highest.
- Flag etiquette calls for the flag to always be lit while on display, either by sunlight or another light source.
- Flying the flag upside down can be an official distress signal.