Look out for the red, white, and blue this week as the United States celebrates Flag Day. Here's what you should know about the special occasion, which pays tribute to the Stars and Stripes on June 14.
- Flag Day honors a June 14, 1777, resolution from the Second Continental Congress, which called for an official United States flag.
- Flag Day was first “unofficially” observed on June 14, 1877. The flag waved nationwide from public buildings for the occasion.
- One of the more famous figures that championed special recognition for our flag was Wisconsin teacher Bernard Cigrand. In 1885, he tasked his students to write essays about the flag, the National Flag Day Foundation says online.
- William Kerr established the American Flag Day Foundation of Western Pennsylvania in 1888, according to TribLive.com. Kerr reportedly met nine presidents and contacted many politicians over the 67 years he spent seeking an official day for the flag.
- On May 30, 1916, after his meeting with Kerr, President Woodrow Wilson wrote, "I therefore suggest and request that throughout the nation and if possible in every community the fourteenth day of June be observed as Flag Day with special patriotic exercises,"
- President Harry Truman later signed Flag Day's permanent observance into law in 1949.
- Flag Day is not a federal holiday. However, it IS a state holiday in New York and Pennsylvania.
- Some places in the United States hold Flag Day parades. Presidents have also issued proclamations for National Flag Week. Former President Obama's 2016 proclamation called on both federal government buildings and all Americans to display the flag.