Hello, friends and welcome back! We are on the cusp of summer, can you believe it?! Longer days, warmer weather and July 4th is only a few weeks away! My family and I have been taking advantage of the gorgeous spring weather lately and spending as much time outside as we can.
Today we are talking about June 14th, Flag Day here on the blog. I’ll be totally honest here. I’ve heard of Flag Day but I didn’t know much about it. Yes, it’s on the calendar and I’ve heard about it here and there but other than that I didn’t actually know much about it. So, today, I’m talking about Flag Day and it’s importance.
What is Flag Day?
Flag Day is an annual tradition here in the United States. It is always celebrated on June 14th, regardless of the day. Flag day started on June 14th, 1777 when the United States Flag was officially adopted by the United States of America. That said, it wasn’t until 1916, that President Woodrow Wilson officially established June 14th as Flag Day and made it an annual holiday. Flag Day is not a federally recognized holiday, but some states do honor it as a state holiday. Here in Michigan, the city of Three Oaks celebrates Flag Day every year with an annual 3-day event as well as the largest and oldest Flag Day parade in the nation.
Now that you know a little background information on Flag Day, let’s talk about the American Flag. The American flag is a national symbol of our freedom. We fly the flag to proudly to show our support for our military as well as our country. The American Flag can be, and is often displayed year round, especially on major holidays such as:
- Presidents’ Day
- Memorial Day
- Independence Day
- Armed Forces Days
- Veteran’s Day
- Flag Day
- Other federal holidays
Some tips on flag etiquette and displaying the flag respectfully:
- Display the flag only between sunrise and sundown. The flag should only be displayed during nighttime hours if illuminated.
- Do not display the flag in inclement weather.
- Do not allow the flag to touch the ground.
- When not on display, the flag should be respectfully folded into a triangle, symbolizing the tricorn hats worn by colonial soldiers in the Revolutionary War.
Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts proudly displays multiple American Flags outside the store throughout the year symbolizing their support and respect for the United States of America.
In honor of Flag Day, Grandpa Shorter’s Gifts offers a unique custom postcard that not only commemorates the American Flag, but also teaches you how to fold it as well. Following the simple and easy to follow 7 steps on the card allows anyone to not only display the American Flag, but also how to fold it for safe keeping. Click here to download and view a larger version for easier reading.