Flag Day

Observed on June 14th is National Flag Day in the United States. It is a day for honoring our nation’s flag. Flag Day commemorates the date in 1777 when the United States approved the design for its first national flag.

The earliest idea to set aside a day to honor the national flag came from Bernard J. Cigrand, a Wisconsin school teacher.  In 1885 Cigrand, encouraged his students to observe June 14 as “Flag Birthday.” He later wrote an essay published in a Chicago newspaper that urged Americans to proclaim this date as the day to celebrate the flag. 

In 1916 President, Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14 as the official date for Flag Day. In 1949 the U.S. Congress established the date as National Flag Day. Although Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, Pennsylvania celebrates the day as a state holiday. Each year the U.S. president delivers an address and all Americans are encouraged to fly U.S. flags during that week.