Flag Day marks the day when Congress adopted the flag of the United States as the official national flag in 1777. It is celebrated on June 14 each year.
While not a federal holiday, Flag Day is still an important occasion. Cities throughout the nation hold parades and events to celebrate. The week of June 14 is considered to be National Flag Week. The President of the United States issues a proclamation urging citizens to fly the American flag during the week.
National Flag Week and Flag Day are wonderful occasions to teach children about the history of our flag. Learn about the facts and myths surrounding the American flag. Discuss how and why the flag was created, who was responsible for its creation, and how it has been updated over the years.
You may wish to discuss the symbolism of the flag, such as the fact that the stripes stand for the original thirteen colonies and the stars stand for the fifty states.
Ask your children if they know what the colors represent. (If not, do some research. Some sources cite a meaning while others state that there is no meaning.)
Flag Day is also a good time to learn about flag etiquette, such as when and how the flag should be flown, how it should be disposed of, and how to properly fold the United States flag.
Article by Beverly Hernandez for ThoughtCo.