Flag Day_smallThursday, June 14th, 2019 is Flag Day.  In the United States,Flag Day is always celebrated on June 14.  It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.  The Continental Congress replaced the British symbols of the Grand Union flag with a new design featuring 13 white stars in a circle on a field of blue and 13 red and white stripes, one for each state.  The number of stars increased as the new states entered the Union but the number of stripes stayed at 13.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a nationwide observance that officially established the first Flag Day as June 14.   On August 3rd 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress.  In 1966, Congress also requested that the President issue annually a proclamation designating the week in which June 14th occurs as National Flag Week.

Flag Day is not an official federal holiday.  Many people in the United States honor this day by displaying the American flag at homes and public buildings.