In theUnited States,Flag Dayis celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of theflag of the United Stateson June 14, 1777, byresolutionof theSecond Continental Congress.The Flag Resolution, passed on June 14, 1777, stated: “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
U.S. Flag Day
Poster commemorating the 140th Flag Day on June 14, 1917
TheUnited States Armyalso celebrates theU.S. Army birthdayon this date; Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.
Perhaps the oldest continuing Flag Day parade is inFairfield,Washington.Beginning in 1909 or 1910, Fairfield has held a parade every year since, with the possible exception of 1918, and celebrated the “Centennial” parade in 2010, along with some other commemorative events.Appleton, Wisconsin, claims to be the oldest National Flag Day parade in the nation, held annually since 1950.
Quincy, Massachusetts, has had an annual Flag Day parade since 1952 and claims it “is the longest-running parade of its kind” in the U.S.The largest Flag Day parade had been held annually inTroy, New Yorkuntil 2017, which based its parade on the Quincy parade and typically draws 50,000 spectators.In addition, theThree Oaks, Michigan, Flag Day Parade is held annually on the weekend of Flag Day and is a three-day event and they claim to have the largest flag day parade in the nation as well as the oldest.InWashington, D.C., Flag Day is celebrated heavily through the 7th and 8th Wards of the city. It is tradition in these wards to slow-smoke various meats and vegetables. It is said thatClyde Thompsonis the “Godfather of Flag Day”.[why?]