The fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday. However today, the United States are going to celebrate their flag day, which was first created on June 14, 1777.
On that day the resolution read: “Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation. ”
The first celebration of the U.S. flag’s birthday was held in 1877 on the 100th anniversary of the flag resolution. However, it is believed that the first recognition of the flag’s birthday dates back to 1885, when the school teacher, BJ Cigrand, organised a group of Wisconsin school children to observe June 14. Cigrand is now known as “Father of Flag Day”.
The anniversary of the flag resolution was officially established by the proclamation of the President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. However, the flag day is not considered as an official federal holiday, except for New York and Pennsylvania, which on June 1937 became the first U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday. On the other side, New York statutes designate the second Sunday in June as Flag Day, a state holiday.
Flag Day parade
The 68th Annual Appleton Flag Day Parade was held on June 9, 2018. Appleton Wisconsin, claims indeed to be the oldest National Flag Day Parade in the nation, which is held annually since 1950. Nevertheless the oldest one probably takes place in Fairfield, Washington, that began in 1909 or 1910.
This year the Appleton parade was preceded by a patriotic concert and flags were handed out along the Parade route one hour before the Parade began.
Nowadays, Parades do not only celebrate the flag. They are also to celebrate the army, honouring men and women that are serving the army forces and also veterans.
If today you feel the Americanism in the air, do not forget the Danish Day Flag tomorrow 15th of June!
Are you aware of your country’s Flag Day?
Here few examples:
Italy: 7th of January
England: 23rd of April
Wales: 1st of March
Scotland: 30th of November
Romania: 26th of June
Canada: 15th of February
European Union: 9th of May
Lithuania: 1st of January
Moldova: 27th of April
Norway: 17th of May
Portugal: 1st of December
Ukraine: 23rd of August