Fun Flag Facts
Did you know:
- The first flag design was approved on 14 June 1777 by the Second Continental Congress.
- The oldest continuing Flag Day Parade is held each year in Fairfield, Washington.
- President Woodrow Wilson issued a Proclamation in 1916 which established 14 June as the official Flag Day.
- A Philadelphia landmark, the Betsy Ross House, is thought to be where Betsy Ross lived when she sewed the first flag.
- The flag’s stars represent each of the fifty states and the stripes represent the thirteen colonies that fought for independence.
- The U.S. flag is also known as The Stars and Stripes and Old Glory.
- The United States’ flag has been memorialized in songs – The Star-Spangled Banner, You’re a Grand Old Flag, and Red, White and Blue.
- The flag has also been the subject of many works by artists such as Jasper Johns, Peter Max and Felix de Wheldon, who designed the Marine Corps War Memorial, depicting the American flag being erected on Iwo Jima during World War II.
- The original Star-Spangled Banner resides in the American History Museum at the Smithsonian in Washington, DC.
- There are SIX American flags on the moon!