What is Flag Day? | The History behind Flag Day and why we honor the US flag.
On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress declared the that red, white and blue stars and stripes were the official flag colors and design of the United States. In 1885, a young schoolteacher in Wisconsin started what would come to be known as the annual tradition of Flag Day in the United States.
B.J. Cigrand started the annual tradition in 1885 by encouraging his students to participate in activities honoring the 108th anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes for the U.S. flag, calling it ‘Flag Birthday.’ For the next 30+ years, schools and communities all around the country caught on and practiced observing honoring the flag.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson officially established Flag Day by Proclamation, after several years of dedicated school and communities celebrating the flag’s anniversary. However, in 1949, President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of every year as National Flag Day.
Flag Day is observed annually as an opportunity dedicated for Americans to learn more about patriotism and understand how to express allegiance to the flag. Communities celebrate with parades and schools honor the day by designing fun student activities such as arts & craft time assembling flags, flag searches around a local neighborhood, or reading about Flag Day with accompanying trivia.