Celebrating Flag Day
Jun 13, 2022
When we think of summer, we usually think of swimming pools, cookouts, beach vacations, and holidays like Memorial Day and the Fourth of July. One holiday that is often forgotten is Flag Day. Every June 14th, we celebrate the anniversary of the adoption of the American flag.
Flag Day Origins
Flag Day origins go all the way back to the days of the American Revolution. When the war first broke out, there was not one unified flag. Instead, colonists were fighting under several. However, that all changed when the Continental Congress met in June of 1775 and created the first American Flag.
Although the Continental Congress agreed on a flag, General George Washington thought it to be too similar to the British flag. He didn’t think it would be a good morale booster for his troops, so he decided to create a new flag representing freedom. It wasn’t until 2 years later, on June 14, 1777, that the Continental Congress issued a decree stating that “the flag of the United States be 13 stripes, alternate red and white.” and “ that the union be 13 stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” Nearly150 years later, on June 14, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson officially established Flag Day.
The First American Flags
The First Unofficial American Flag that was adopted by Continental Congress in 1775 was deemed “too similar” to the British flag by George Washington. He feared soldiers would become weary fighting under a flag with the same union Jack as their enemies. He decided to create a new freedom flag that would be adopted just two short years later.
The first official American flag is often attributed to Betsy Ross. However, there is no historical evidence to confirm or deny the role Betsy Ross played in creating the first American flag. The story goes that George Washington came to her with a sketch of the flag and asked her to make it. Her famous was reply, “I am not sure, but I will try.” If Betsy Ross did in fact sew the first American flag, it’s clear she was successful in her endeavor and played an important role in our country’s rich history.
Regardless of how you decide to celebrate our many summer patriotic holidays, whether it be a cookout, watching Fourth of July fireworks, or attending a patriotic Flag Day parade, be sure to display your 100% made in America, Real American Flag.