July 21, 2024

What is Flag Day?

The stars and stripes are on display today in honor of Flag Day, an American holiday dedicated to the world’s most recognizable national banner, according to Flags.com

What is Flag Day?

Flag Day, celebrated every June 14, commemorates the day the stars and stripes were officially adopted as the official U.S. flag in 1777.

While Flag Day may not be a day off work for most Americans, it's worth noting and remembering. The fact that mail is still delivered, and life goes on as usual, is a testament to the enduring significance of this day in our national calendar.

How did Flag Day come to be?

Congress created our national flag by commemorating Betsy Ross’s creation of the stars and stripes. Congress declared the holiday on Aug. 3, 1949, and we have honored that day each year on June 14.

Who designed the American flag?

According to History.com, the design of the American flag is a subject of historical debate. This intriguing history is a testament to the evolution of our nation and its symbols.

What does the American flag represent?

The American flag, with its unique design, is a powerful symbol of our nation’s unity and resilience. It consists of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, symbolizing the original thirteen British colonies. The blue rectangle, known as the union, or a canton in vexillology terms, bears fifty small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows representing the 50 U.S. states. This design is a testament to our history and growth, and a source of pride for all Americans.

 

 

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