“That the flag of the United States shall be of thirteen stripes of alternate red and white, with a union of thirteen stars of white in a blue field, representing the new constellation.”
Continental Congress June 14, 1777
Our flag is the one of the most recognizable and iconic American symbols. Freedom and bravery certainly come to mind when an American flag is seen displayed on government buildings, schools, businesses and American homes.
Many of us are familiar with the story of Betsy Ross and the origins of the American flag, but Flag Day itself began in schools in the late 1800’s to promote patriotism and Americanize immigrant students. These observances and celebrations spilled over into local communities. It became an official legal holiday August 3, 1949, when President Harry Truman signed it into law.
Below you will find links to the history of Flag Day and ways for you and your family to show your patriotism this June 14th!
Discover books about America and the flag in our digital catalog:
- Imogene’s Last Stand by Candace Fleming & Nancy Carpenter
- Flag Day by Robert Walker
- Flag Day Coming Together to Celebrate by Katie Gillespie
- The U.S. Flag Introducing Primary Sources by Kathryn Clay
- I Pledge Allegiance by June Swanson and Rick Hanson
Fun facts and history of the flag and Flag Day:
- PBS History of the Flag
- History of the Pledge of Alligiance
- Flag Etiquette STANDARDS of RESPECT ~ Learn all you need to know on displaying and caring for your American flag
Some family friendly crafts and projects to celebrate Flag Day!
- DIY PATRIOTIC WINDSOCK
- Flag Hunt ~ Hide mini American flags from the dollar store all around the yard and see how fast they can be found! Or use math and counting skills to keep track of how many you find and how many more need to be found!
- American Flag Suncatcher ~ Use clear contact paper and various red, white & blue crafting supplies to create an awesome flag suncatcher!
Try this easy Patriotic snack: Patriotic Popcorn
1 package of popped popcorn
A spoonful of melted white chocolate (melt ONE cup of white chocolate chips adding just a bit of shortening to smoothen it out)
Red or blue sprinkles.
1. Let your child drizzle the spoonful of chocolate on the popcorn and mix.
2. Have them shake the sprinkles on the warm chocolate.
3. Cool (pop in the fridge for faster setting)