In the United States, National Flag Day is celebrated every June 14th. It commemorates the signing of the US Constitution on July 14, 1776. The Flag Resolution, also passed on this day, stated:”…we therefore propose that the flag be changed by order of a Committee of three.” The proposal was adopted after the Speaker of the House and the President pro tempore were present.
National Flag Day was first observed in 1776 but it is believed that the actual date was sometime between 1775 and 1776. On this day, the fortieth anniversary of the signing of our nation’s Constitution, it was hoisted into the national flag at Fort Lee, Virginia. History has it that after the signing of our Articles of Independence, there was much dissension among the various delegates from Virginia as to the order of adoption of our Constitution. The measure for its adoption was not favored by some of them and it was finally removed from the coat of arms.
The tradition of raising the flags on the day of each Independence Day continues today. It was on this day in 1776, that the first National Flag was created by John Hancock of Massachusetts. It is thought that this might be the source of the legend of carrying the “stone of liberty” on a shoulder’s band.
The first National Flag Day celebration was held at the fort of Liberty in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, from 1921 until the early part of the 1930s. At this point, it was widely recognized as a private holiday in many states. In 1932 President Hoover requested that the authority be given to the Secretary of State to arrange the official observance. The National Flag Day Foundation was then created by legislation and the official date of Aprril was proclaimed. This formula has remained the same ever since.
The best time for a celebration of National Flag Day is actually the last week of June. This is the opportune moment because National Flag Day typically falls on the second Sunday of June, the only day that coincides with a public holiday. On this day a number of events are planned around the flag; aside from the traditional flag ceremony at Fort Lee, Virginia, there are fireworks displays, Carol performances, parades, and outdoor sporting events. Many popular television programs, movies, and music concerts are also held on these days as well.
Happy Flag Day Messages, Quotes & Wishes
1. Our flag is the representative of our freedom….. it is an expression of the unity of all the men and women….. Let us recall and celebrate the efforts made by our countrymen in making our country proud…. Happy Flag Day to you all!!!
2. Always be proud of the flag of our country as many people sacrificed their lives for its honor, each and every battle fought by Americans were led by this flag and it is the strength of our nation…. Sending best wishes on Flag Day to you.
3. Flag Day is the reminder that we all are Americans….. We all must be very proud of our country, of our culture, of our flag which fills our hearts with pride….. Happy Flag Day to you my friend.
4. We all are united with one land, one country, and one flag…. No matter how different we are but our flag binds us into one strong force…. Let us promise to always fight for the honor of our flag…. Flag Day 2021!!!
5. Whenever I see our flag swing high in the sky, I feel proud to be an American….. We have always put our country and its honor first and our flag is the representation of it…. Sending warm wishes to you on Flag Day.
6. We are born in the United States of America and we are one…. Our flag is the strongest representation of our strength and we would go farthest to fight for it…. Happy Flag Day to you.
7. We have given all our heart, all our soul, and all our love to our country….. We are a nation bonded with one land and one flag….. Let us promise to always respect our flag and live for it…. Happy Flag Day to you.
8. Today is a very proud day for every American….. It is the celebration day to recall the day when our flag was adopted, to take an oath that we will always do the needful to protect its honor….. Warm wishes on Flag Day to you.
Flag Day 2021 Message:
- “The American flag is the symbol of our freedom, national pride and history.” Author: Mike Fitzpatrick
- There is not a thread in it but scorns self-indulgence, weakness and rapacity. ~Charles Evans Hughes
- Our flag honors those who have fought to protect it, and is a reminder of the sacrifice of our nation’s founders and heroes. As the ultimate icon of America’s storied history, the Stars and Stripes represents the very best of this nation. – Joe Barton
When was National Flag Day first celebrated? Scholars have traced the origins of this popular holiday back to 1776, when the Continental Congress officially designated it as a public holiday. It was then referred to as “Independence Day”. Some historians believe that initially the idea of having a national holiday was simply to raise funds for the war effort. But over time, it became associated with the spirit of patriotism.