Flag Day 2018 – Fun Flag Facts

Every year, Flag Day is on June 14th and it commemorates the adoption of the flag by resolution of the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.

Did you know?

  • Red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.
  • There have been 27 official versions of the American flag.
    • The first one in 1777 displayed 13 stripes and 13 stars (for the original 13 colonies).
    • When Kentucky and Vermont joined the union, the flag took on two more stars and stripes, so that from 1795 to 1818, 15 stripes and 15 stars graced the flag.
    • In 1818, lawmakers decided to honor each new state with a star, and leave the stripes at 13 for the original colonies.
  • The flag, as it flies today with 50 stars and 13 stripes, was designed in 1958 by 17-year-old high school student, Robert G. Heft, of Lancaster, Ohio. He received a B- for the sewing project.
  • The flag should be displayed from sunrise to sunset (unless there’s inclement weather). The flag may be displayed 24 hours a day as long as it’s “properly illuminated” while it’s dark out.