Did you know that June 14th is Flag Day in the United States?
Since 1949, Flag Day commemorates the day in 1777 that the American Flag was adopted as our national flag. President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed July 14th as Flag Day in 1916, but Congress didn't formally approve the day until 1949. It isn't a national holiday, but Pennsylvania does observe it as a state holiday, and there are specific rules for handling and displaying your flag.
So what was the first American Flag? Check out this history by USHistory.org and see the flag design that was used in 1777, as well as the many designs that came before and after.
How can you celebrate Flag Day in your home?
- How to display your flag from History.com
- United States Flag Code, by The American Legion
- Flag etiquette from Emily Post
Activities For Young Children (K-5)
- YouTube reading of the book "F is for Flag" by Wendy Cheyette Lewison, Illustrated by Barbara Duke
- Short video by PBS Learning Media
- Free Flag Day printable coloring pages
Activities For Older Children
- YouTube video "The History of the U.S. Flag" by Drexel University Online,
- Video and article by the History Channel
- Article with historical art and images from the Library of Congress
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