Did you know that Saturday the 14th is Flag Day? That is the day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States. The 2nd Continental Congress did that in 1777. It wasn't until 1916 that Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14th as Flag Day. Then in 1949 National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.
Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, though in 1937 Pennsylvania became the first (and only) state to celebrate the holiday as a state holiday.
The city that has the largest parade in honor of Flag Day is Troy, New York.
How you should celebrate Flag Day: the week of June 14th is designated at "National Flag Week." During Flag week the president will issue a proclamation urging U.S. citizens to fly the American flag for the duration of that week. The flag should also be displayed on all Government buildings. (That is the official why to celebrate, you can have parties, go to parades etc)
Flag Day is always the 2nd Sunday in June so it does change from year to year.
Get out your flags and fly them high this weekend!
Bits of Flag Trivia:
•1. Who cut an American flag into pieces and was celebrated for it?
•2. Is it ever OK to fly the flag upside down?
•3. What is vexillologist?
•4. Who suggested the five-point star instead of George Washington's six-point idea?
•5. Why is the flag called "Old Glory"?
•6. On the first US Flag why were the 13 stars sewn in a circle?
•7. Which profession in colonial America was always the one to make the flags?
•8. The 13 red and white strips on the flag represent what?
•9. True or False: It is against the law to fly any other flag higher than the US flag at anytime, anywhere in the US.
•10. Why is the flag folded into a triangle?
•a. To represent our country, god and man
•b. To represent the tricorn hats worn by revolutionary soldiers
•c. To symbolize the pyramid that is on our dollar bill
•d. It doesn't mean anything; it was just easier to fold it into that shape.
Check out the comments to see the answers.