Wednesday, June 14, 2017

Celebrating 240 Years of the Stars and Stripes

According to popular legend, the first American flag as we know it was sewn around 1777 by Betsy Ross. It displayed thirteen white stars on a sea of blue, with the familiar red and white stripes. 

Adopted at the Continental Congress on June 14, 1777, the stars represent Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island. 

Thirty-seven stars later, we are celebrating the 240th birthday of our Star-Spangled Banner. While Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress in August 1949.

The day is commemorated by parades across America. In fact, there are three cities that are known for their long-running Flag Day parades - Fairfield, Washington; Appleton, Wisconsin; and Quincy, Massachusetts. Americans are urged to fly the American flag for the duration of National Flag Week, June 10th-June 16th. 

Happy 240th Birthday to Old Glory!

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