United States Flag Day marks the adoption by the Second Continental Congress of the first US national flag. USA June 14, 1777.
The first flag, thanks to Betsy Ross’ sewing prowess, featured the same 13 red and white stripes we see today. However, the number and arrangement of stars has changed as the number of states has increased over the centuries. The current flag has remained the same since 1960. Will we ever go from 50 to 51? Read on for some possible statehood candidates. And consider this as a warm-up for Independence Day, in just 20 days.
FLAG DAY SCHEDULE
July 20, 1969 – The flag of the United States sees the moon
There are now six American flags on the moon, but the first was placed by Neil Armstrong in 1969.
July 4, 1960 – The current US flag is completed. USA
The 50th star, representing Hawaii (not Alaska), created the flag that flies today in the United States.
1916 – President Woodrow Wilson recognizes Flag Day
Celebrating the selection of the first American flag in 1777, President Wilson signed June 14 of each year as Flag Day.
June 1776: the first American flag is created
Betsy Ross receives the credit. A small committee that included George Washington, American statesman Robert Morris, and relative George Ross (she married her nephew) selected her for the job.
FLAG DAY ACTIVITIES
Plan a costume contest as part of a barbecue
The stars and stripes are no longer just for flags. Take the opportunity on Flag Day to show off red, white, and blue in socks, swimwear, and hairstyles. It is a perfect day to celebrate your patriotism with a fun twist.
Teach your least informed children or friends a history lesson
A question and answer game about the American flag is a quick and easy way to learn some details. Most people know that each star represents a state, but do you know that a new star only appears on July 4 after a state’s admission to the Union? Trivia – bam!
Make a healthy patriotic snack
Strawberries, blueberries, marshmallows, OH! Some of our favorite fruits lend themselves very well to creating flag-themed cakes, so roll it around. Okay, marshmallows aren’t a fruit, but they’re basically a summer necessity, so we’ll let it go.
5 AMERICAN FLAGS – BY THE NUMBERS
50 – and counting
We have been in 50 for almost 60 years. Possible candidates for the 51st star? Puerto Rico, Guam and Washington, DC.
Seven times seven? A perfect square. There is so much luck in this flag that we must thank Alaska (January 1959) for joining us. This had a short reign. Hawaii (August 1959) would soon reach 50.
It displayed such beautiful symmetry with the incorporation of New Mexico and Arizona in 1912 and it flew with pride for 47 years.
Number 31 does not lend itself easily to clean patterns. If we didn’t really love California that much (added in 1850), we probably would have separated it after seeing the lack of symmetry. (This flag lasted seven years!)
The original flag of the United States is the only one that dared to challenge the straight line pattern of all its successors. If you ask us, the 13 stars in a circle best represent the unity of the union, uhhhh.
WHY WE LOVE THE FLAG DAY
An opportunity to show patriotism
It’s easy to get so caught up in our daily lives that we sometimes forget to be thankful for the big picture. Flag Day reminds us that we are one country, united, despite our disagreements.
Americans love to have parades for many events and holidays. Mid-June is the perfect time to set up that camp chair on the street corner and watch local firefighters, school gangs, and dance groups strut their stuff around.
Reminds us that summer is near
The weather is starting to behave, the kids are finishing school, and the barbecue season is upon us. Flag Day gives us another reason to celebrate outside and enjoy the sun.