What Exactly is Flag Day?
This week you’ll be seeing red, white and blue colors more often as the United States celebrates Flag Day. So what is Flag Day, and why do we celebrate it?
Flag Day is a special occasion meant for paying tributes to the Stars and Stripes. It is celebrated on June 14 as it honors a June 14, 1777, resolution from the Second Continental Congress, which called for an official United States Flag.
The resolution called for the flag to “be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
A proclamation for Flag Day was issued in May 30, 1916 by President Woodrow Wilson setting aside June 14 as the day American would honor the history of the U.S flag. On Flag Day, Americans dress up their homes, retail stores and business with red, white and blue colors to symbolize our freedom.
Flag Day was officially made a public holiday by President Harry Truman in 1949.
Flag Day celebrations have decent fascinating traditions that go way back to our founding days. Some places in the U.S celebrate Flag Day by holding parades. In 2016, President Obama issued a proclamation calling on all federal government buildings and all Americans to display the flag on Flag Day.
Despite being a special day of honoring and reflecting on our nation’s history, Flag Day is not a federal holiday. Businesses stay open, and it is highly unlikely that you’ll get a day off from work.
Americans display the flag on their homes or hold flag-raising ceremonies to honor the Flag Day. And if you’re more patriotic, show off your stars and stripes in street parade or baseball tribute.
One rule of thumb is to make sure that your flag is in good condition. Below are a few tips to keep your flag in good flying condition.
- Do not fly your flag in the rain
- Do not allow your flag to touch the ground
- Learn the proper way to fold your flag.
- Respect your flag
- Sew any rips or tears in your flag and clean if needed