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National Flag Day
The designation of the National Flag Day is June 14. Every year the President of the United States of America is requested to issue a proclamation that calls for US Government officials to display the flag of the United States of America on all Government buildings on Flag Day. 

National Flag Day Proclamation
In the proclamation the President also urges the people of the United States to observe Flag Day to commemorate the anniversary of the original adoption of the Stars and Stripes as the official emblem of the United States by the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.

 
 

When is Flag Day? 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018, 2019, 2020, 2021 and 2022
When is Flags Day? National Flag Day is always designated as June 14, the birthday of the first official US emblem, however the days of the week it is observed changes from year to year. The following table details the days it will fall on each year.

When is Flag Day? 2014 and beyond...

National Flag Day 2014 2014 Saturday, June 14, 2014

Pictures of American flag waving

National Flag Day 2015 2015 Sunday, June 14, 2015
National Flag Day 2016 2016 Tuesday, June 14, 2016
National Flag Day 2017 2017 Wednesday, June 14, 2017
National Flag Day 2018 2018 Thursday, June 14, 2018
National Flag Day 2019 2019 Friday, June 14, 2019
National Flag Day 2020 2020 Sunday, June 14, 2020
National Flag Day 2021 2021 Monday, June 14, 2021
National Flag Day 2022 2022 Tuesday, June 14, 2022

National Flag Day History
The very first observance was made in 1877, full history, facts, dates and trivia are detailed below. The idea became extremely popular especially amongst  patriotic societies and veterans groups. State governors and city mayors began to issue proclamations in their jurisdictions to celebrate this event and schools and children became involved with the celebrations. Although it is not a Federal holiday, Americans continue to honor the history and heritage it represents increasing patriotism throughout the country.

National Flag Day History, Facts and Trivia
We have detailed the History, facts and trivia in a history timeline format.

Dates

National Flag Day History, Facts and Trivia

June 14, 1777

The Second Continental Congress authorized a new flag to symbolize the birth of a new Nation, the United States of America.

June 14, 1777

The resolution did not provide precise details of the design and it did not state how the stars should be displayed or how many points each star should have. A variety of different designs were therefore used as banners depicting 5 or 6 pointed stars and with stars arranged in rows or as a circle

1776 January 1 George Washington led his troops under the 'Grand Union' flag
1776 May

Elizabeth Griscom Ross (Betsy Ross) reported that "she sewed the first American flag"

1795

15 stars and 15 stripes design was adopted when Vermont and Kentucky were added to the original 13 Colonies

1818-1960 Additional stars were added to as other states joined the Union
1861

The Stars and Stripes first flew in a Flag Day celebration in Hartford, Connecticut during the first summer of the Civil War.

1877

The first national observance occurred June 14, 1877, the centennial of the original resolution

1916

President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation calling for a nationwide observance of the day on June 14.

1949 Congress resolved that “The 14th day of June of each year is hereby designated as Flag Day . . .” The resolution was signed into law by President Harry Truman.

National Flag Day and the United States Code
The laws relating to the flag of the United States of America are detailed in the United States Code. Title 36, Chapter 1 of the United States Code relates to patriotic and national observances. 36 USC § 110 - Flag Day. These laws were supplemented by Executive Orders and Presidential Proclamations.

 

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