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How to Celebrate Flag Day

If you’re a patriotic American, you might be wondering how to celebrate Flag Day. Held annually on June 14, it’s an official federal holiday in the United States. Unfortunately, though, it’s often overshadowed by Independence Day, which is held just a few weeks after Flag Day. As a result, many people are unfamiliar with Flag Day and how to celebrate it.

What Is Flag Day?

Flag Day is a nationally observed holiday in the United States that celebrates the country’s adoption of the American flag; however it is only a federal holiday in a few states. In 1777, Congress passed a resolution approving the first official American flag. While the American flag has since gone through dozens of changes — the first American flag only had 13 stars, for example — this resolution was critical in establishing the symbolic American flag. To celebrate the adoption of the American flag, Flag Day is held on June 14 each year in the United States.

Ways to Celebrate Flag Day

Because its purpose is to celebrate the adoption of the American flag, it shouldn’t come as a surprise to learn that one of the best ways to celebrate this holiday is to fly an American flag. The U.S. Flag Code even contains a section about Flag Day, as well as other flag-flying holidays. As revealed on The American Legion’s website, the U.S. Flag Code states that the American flag should be displayed on all days of the year, especially on holidays like Flag Day. The only exception is when severe weather is present, in which case the flag may be removed from its pole or mounting surface. Whether it’s in front of your home or at your place of business, you can celebrate this year’s Flag Day by flying the American flag.

In addition to displaying the American flag, you can also attend a parade on Flag Day. Countless cities and communities across the United States hold parades on Flag Day. Fairfield, Washington, for instance, has held an annual parade on Flag Day for over a century. Check your local newspaper to see if there are Flag Day parades taking place in your area and, if so, where exactly they’ll be held.

Other Flag Holidays

Flag Day isn’t the only national flag-flying holiday. Others include the following:

  • New Year’s Day
  • Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Presidential Inauguration Day
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday
  • George Washington’s Birthday
  • Mother’s Day
  • Armed Forces Day
  • Independence Day
  • Memorial Day
  • Labor Day
  • Korean War Veterans Day
  • Patriots’ Day
  • Thanksgiving
  • Father’s Day
  • Christmas
  • Columbus Day
  • Gold Star Mother’s Day
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