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3 Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know About Flag Day

June 06, 2017

3 Surprising Facts You Didn’t Know About Flag Day

June 14th is the anniversary of the flag resolution of 1777 which chose the design of the American flag and while many Americans will use this as an opportunity to display their American flags, there’s actually quite a few facts about Flag Day that many don’t know!

Here are 3 surprising facts you didn’t know about Flag Day.

1. The first person to celebrate Flag Day was a school teacher from Wisconson

That’s right! Early on folks wanted a special day for the US Flag’s birthday, but it was a Wisconsin school teacher named BJ Cigrand in 1885 who arranged for his pupils in his school district to first celebrate this occasion.

2. It actually took a while before “Flag Day” was an official US Holiday

Despite many attempts to declare an official holiday to celebrate the American flag, Flag Day would not become an official US Holiday until 1949 when President Harry Truman signed it into law. - That’s nearly 100 years since Cigrand hosted his celebration with students!

3. Before Truman, two other US Presidents made attempts officially observe “Flag Day”

Both President Woodrow Wilson in 1916 and President Calvin Coolidge in 1927, issued proclamations asking for Flag Day to be observed as a national holiday!

You know what they say, “at first you don’t succeed try and try again!”

Want more Flag Day facts? Check out this video we made here:


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