In case you didn’t get the memo, June 14 is national Flag Day. To celebrate this day, we’re going to reveal several fun and amazing facts about national Flag Day.
A Wisconsin Town Hosts the Oldest Flag Day Parade
On June 14, hundreds of cities throughout the United States celebrate national Flag Day by hosting parades and other events. However, a small town in Wisconsin is believed to host the oldest Flag Day parade. According to Wikipedia, Appleton, Wisconsin has been hosting Flag Day parades every year since 1950.
The United Stated Adopted the Flag on June 14, 1777.
National Flag day is designed to celebrate the adoption of the American flag, which occurred on June 14, 1777. On this day, the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution, adopting the American flag.
Flag Day Isn’t a National Holiday
Unfortunately, flag day isn’t considered a national holiday, meaning federal workers will still have to show up to their jobs on June 14. The reason behind this is unknown. Regardless, Flag Day was not included in the 1968 Uniform Holiday Act, which was responsible for designating the national holidays and three-day weekends celebrated in the United States.
The American Flag Symbolizes the 13 Colonies and 50 States
As you may already know, the American Flag features 13 stripes that symbolize the original 13 colonies, as well as 50 stars that symbolize the 50 states in the Union.
National Flag Day Wasn’t Celebrated Until 1937
Some people assume that national Flag Day began in 1777, when the American flag was adopted. However, it wasn’t until nearly a full century later before this happened. On June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania was credited with celebrating the first Flag Day in the United States. Since then, other states have jumped on board, recognizing June 14 as national Flag Day.
The Largest Flag Day Parade is Held in New York
While Appleton, Wisconsin may host the oldest Flag Day parade, another city hosts the largest Flag Day parade. Every year on June 14, the town of Troy, New York hosts a massive Flag Day parade that attracts more than 50,000 people, making this the country’s largest Flag Day parade.
National Flag Week
There’s also a national Flag Week, which runs through the week of Flag Day. During national Flag Week, the U.S. President typically encourages citizens to display the American flag. You’ll also see American flags being flown on government buildings and private organizations to honor and celebrate national Flag Week.