Held annually on June 14, Flag Day is a nationally recognized holiday that’s intended to celebrate the adopted of the United States flag. The American flag has a long, rich history dating as far back as 1777, during which the Second Continental Congress passed a resolution creating the flag. So if you’re looking to show your patriotism, you should mark your calendar for June 14.
While the American flag was officially adopted in 1777, Flag Day wasn’t established until more than a century later. In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that June 14 be recognized as Flag Day through an Act of Congress. It’s important to note that Flag Day is not an official federal holiday. With that said, however, the current president has discretion over whether or not to observe it — and most presidents, not surprisingly, do recognize this important and historically significant day.
Flag Day is often celebrated with parades, parties and other social gatherings. One one of the oldest and most prolific Flag Day parades occurs in Fairfield, Washington. This began the parade during the early 20th century, around 1909 or 1910. On June 14, thousands of people visit the downtown district of Fairfield to celebrate Flag Day with an hours-long parade.
Fairfield may hold the title for hosting the country’s oldest Flag Day parade, Quincy, Massachusetts’s parade draws a larger crown. According to Wikipedia, more than 50,000 spectators attend the Flag Day parade in Quincy each year, making it one of the country’s largest parades of this type. As you may have guesses, Flag Day parades and events feature dozens, sometimes hundreds, of American flags being proudly flown.
Whether you live in Fairfield, Quincy, or any other U.S. city, however, there are ways to celebrate Flag Day.
Here are some tips to prepare for Flag Day:
- Display a full-size American flag in front of your house.
- Wear a patriotic t-shirt, or alternatively, wear an outfit consisting of red, white and blue colors.
- Check the local news to see if there are any parades or events taking place on June 14.
- Encourage friends and family to show their support by also displaying the American flag.
- If you currently have any old, dirty and worn American flags, consider “retiring” them, replacing them with new ones.
- Throw a Flag Day party. Even if there aren’t any local Flag Day parades or events taking place, you can always throw your own Flag Day party.
- Brush up on your history of the American flag.