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Where did Flag Day originate?

Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th in the United States, and though it’s not considered a federal holiday, it is a symbolic and widely recognized holiday.

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Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th in the United States, and though it’s not considered a federal holiday, it is a symbolic and widely recognized holiday.

Flag Day was first officially observed in 1949 when Congress and President Harry Truman approved the national holiday and signed it into law. However, the petition for the holiday to be recognized happened much before 1949.

Where did flag day originate?

In 1916, President Wilson asked June 14th to be officially named Flag Day. Although Flag Day was officially proposed by President Wilson, it's said the holiday first came about in a small town in Wisconsin decades prior. Bernard Cigrand, a teacher-turned-dentist from a small town in Wisconsin introduced the idea to celebrate Flag Day in 1885 and pushed his entire life for it to become a national holiday. Cigrand is known as the “Father of Flag Day.”

The state of Connecticut disagrees with this claim as some have also said Flag Day originated as a celebration in Hartford, Connecticut in the 1800s.

Why and how did Flag Day originate?

Flag Day originated to recognize the day that the first American flag was introduced by the Continental Congress in 1777.

US Embassies are authorized to hang Black Lives Matter flags

Although Flag Day is representative of the American flag, it’s important to note that the United States recently announced that the Black Lives Matter flag has been authorized to fly at all U.S. embassies and consulates overseas alongside the American flag. While Americans are proud of the promise and freedom the flag represents, the continual fight for a brighter and more equal America is also celebrated this Flag Day.