On June 14, we’re going to celebrate Flag Day. On the threshold of this holiday, you should check whether you know much about it. So read on and see the answers to the most frequently asked questions about the American Flag and Flag Day!
On Flag Day, which is celebrated on June 14, we honor the American Flag. It is observed on this day, because on June 14, 1777, the first official flag of the United States was adopted by the Congress. This flag had 13 white and red stripes and 13 stars. The stripes represented the 13 original colonies. Afterwards, the flag would change several times to eventually become the one we have now: 13 stripes (still representing the original colonies) and 50 stars (one for each state). The first Flag Day was observed in 1877, on the 100th anniversary of the American flag.
Each color has its own meaning: white is purity, red is valor and hardiness, and blue is perseverance, vigilance and justice. Originally, the use of these colors was inspired by the British flag.
Yes, there are places where it is permissible. They are:
In addition, it is also permitted to fly the American flag all day long on the customs points of entry into the country and on the US Navy ships that are under way.
Important note: when the American flag is flown during the night hours, it has to be properly illuminated.
Now you know so many things about the American flag and Flag Day. You can share them with your friends and family on Flag Day this year.
If you want to know more about other American patriotic celebrations, be sure to check President’s Day and Independence Day!