by Natalie Grim
WASHINGTON (Circa) - Flag day is on June 14th. While we may spend the summer waving the stars and stripes for Independence Day, here are a few fast facts you might not know about the American flag.
June 14th, 1777 was technically the first flag day. That’s when the Second Continental Congress passed the Flag Act giving our nation its first American flag. The first flag still had the iconic thirteen stripes, but only thirteen stars. New Jersey congressman Francis Hopkinson designed the pattern, and it was first sewn by Betsy Ross in Philadelphia, Pa. Today, Pennsylvania is the only state that legally celebrates Flag Day as a state holiday.
President Woodrow Wilson was the first president to proclaim June 14th officially Flag Day in 1916. Congress named it an official national day in 1946 under Harry Truman. However, it does not have recognition as a federal holiday- so if you’re trying to get off work or school to celebrate the flag, you’re out of luck.
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 14, 2015
Every president since 1946 has issued an annual proclamation to acknowledge Flag Day. It’s a special occasion for President Donald Trump, as his birthday is also June 14th. In 2017, he dedicated the whole week to celebrating the red, white and blue.