Today is Flag Day! On this day in 1777 the Second Continental
Congress passed the Flag Resolution, which designated the first official
American flag. The first flag, which featured thirteen stars and
thirteen stripes, has become known as the “Betsy Ross flag,” but it is
uncertain whether Betsy Ross actually created the original design. Did
you know that there have been twenty-seven different American flags over
the course of our nation’s history? The one we use today, which
features fifty stars, became our national emblem in 1960.
President Woodrow Wilson designated Flag Day as an official holiday
in 1916. However, the idea of an annual celebration of the flag dates
back to 1885 when schoolteacher Bernard J. Cigrand held the first known
To celebrate Flag Day, decorate your home with an American flag and start brainstorming party ideas for the 4th of July!
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