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National Teacher Day

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Washington's Birthday



National Flag Day is always the 14th day of June. National Flag Week is the week of June 14th.

The Fourth of July is traditionally celebrated as America's birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885.

BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the Flag Resolution and the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as 'Flag Birthday'. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as 'Flag Birthday', or 'Flag Day'.

In 1894, the governor of New York directed that on June 14 the Flag be displayed on all public buildings. With BJ Cigrand and Leroy Van Horn as the moving spirits, the Illinois organization, known as the American Flag Day Association, was organized for the purpose of promoting the holding of Flag Day exercises. On June 14th, 1894, the first general public school children's celebration of Flag Day in Chicago was held in Douglas, Garfield, Humboldt, Lincoln, and Washington Parks, with more than 300,000 children participating.

Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day was officially established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson's proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.


The Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute."

I Pledge Allegiance to the flag

of the United States of America

and to the Republic for which it stands,

one Nation under God, indivisible,

with liberty and justice for all.





Display Your Flag

Under US Code Title 36, Subtitle I, Part A, Chapter 1, the United States President calls on government officials and/or American citizens to display the flag on the following holidays:




National Flag Day / Week Week of June 14th
Thomas Jefferson's Birthday April 13th
Loyalty Day May 1st
Law Day May 1st
Mother's Day 2nd Sunday in May
National Maritime Day May 22nd

Peace Officers Memorial Week

   - Display Flag at Half-Staff

Week of May 15th
Father's Day 3rd Sunday in June

Nat. Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

   - Display Flag at Half-Staff

July 27th until 2003
National Aviation Day August 19th

Citizenship Day

September 17th

Gold Star Mother's Day

Last Sunday in Sept.

Patriot Day

   - Display Flag at Half-Staff

September 11th

Columbus Day

2nd Monday in Oct.

National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 7th


Additionally, US Code Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 6 states that the flag should be displayed on all days, weather permitting, and especially on:




New Year's Day

January 1st

Inauguration Day

January 20th

Martin Luther King Jr.'s Birthday

3rd Monday in January

Lincoln's Birthday

February 12th

Washington's Birthday

3rd Monday in February

Easter Sunday

varies year to year

Mother's Day

2nd Sunday in May

Armed Forces Day

3rd Saturday in May

Memorial Day

   - Display Flag at Half-Staff until noon

Last Monday in May

Flag Day

June 14th

Independence Day

July 4th

Labor Day

1st Monday in Sept.

Constitution Day

September 17th

Columbus Day

2nd Monday in October

Navy Day

October 27th

Veterans Day

November 11th

Thanksgiving Day

4th Thursday in Nov.

Christmas Day

December 25th

And such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States; the birthdays of States (date of admission); and on State holidays.


Basic Guidelines for displaying the American Flag


  • Usually, the flag should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset. If you'd like to display the flag at night, the area should be well-lit so that the flag can be seen.

  • The flag should be raised quickly but lowered slowly and carefully.

  • In bad weather, the flag shouldn't be displayed unless it is made of all-weather or weatherproof materials.

  • Never fly another flag above the U.S. flag. If another flag is flown at the same height, it should not be placed to the right of the U.S. flag.

  • Do not allow the flag to touch the ground. It is not necessary, however, to destroy a flag that has touched the ground; if it has become dirty, wash it or have it dry-cleaned as needed.

  • The flag should always be displayed with the union (the blue and white area) to the flag's own right, which is the viewer's left.

  • When flown at half-staff, the flag should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position.  The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.  On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, then raised to the top of the staff.

  • The Flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning.  Most American Legion Posts regularly conduct a dignified flag burning ceremony, often on Flag Day, June 14th.  Contact your local American Legion Hall and inquire about the availability of this service.








US Code Title 36, Subtitle I, Part A, Chapter 1 - Patriotic and National Observances


US Code Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 6 - Time and occasions for display


American Legion


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It's Our Flag (Band of the U.S. Air Force Reserve - 4:21/7.0MB)


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