Flag Day

About Flag Day

About Flag Day

Flag Day - Long History

What is Flag Day? On June 14, 1777, 240 years ago to this this day, our congress passed a resolution adopting the famous stars and stripes as America's official flag. Since then, our flag has been an important symbol of endurance, independence, hope, patriotism, and national unity to all Americans. It is an international icon of freedom and democracy.

Impact of a Teacher

The man responsible for the beginning of Flag Day history was George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City who instated annual ceremonies observing the American flag at his elementary school in 1888. The State Board of Education of New York adopted the idea of celebrating Flag Day, and traditions such as displaying the flag and reciting patriotic songs or addresses began popping up on June 14 all around the state of New York.

Another important name to know is William T. Kerr, a native of Pittsburgh and later a resident of Yeadon, Pennsylvania. He founded the American Flag Day Association of Western Pennsylvania in 1889, and became the national chairman of the American Flag Day Association one year later, serving as such for fifty years.  Without his passionate patriotism, Flag Day may not have been possible.

A New Day

In the years following, Flag Day became more and more popular. Americans all over the nation banded together under our flag in pride and patriotism as an unofficial holiday for nearly three decades until President Woodrow Wilson officially recognized Flag Day celebrations in 1916. Thirty-three years later, President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14 National Flag Day.

In modern times, it is easy to overlook our flag's importance. However, Flag Day is a necessary American holiday and a good reminder of the hope, independence, and honor the red, white, and blue banner has brought us over the past 240 years and continues to bring us in the future.


The flag is our American family crest.  It’s the symbol of our generational wealth, the entire lineage of our American family. The flag reminds us that--as in every family, issues may divide us, but what unites us is stronger and more important. The flag is our great “uniter,” what holds us all together—and a symbol that is especially important in today’s world.

You are part of this American heritage: where is your flag?