With roots in the nineteenth century, June 14th wasn't officially established as Flag Day until May 30, 1916, when President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation. It's celebration continued in various communities for many years, but it didn't really take off until August 3, 1949 when President Harry Truman signed an Act of Congress designating it National Flag Day.
Along with a short history of the holiday, Apples 4 Teachers Flag Day Activities include interactive flag coloring, printable patriotic poems, printable short stories, and articles about flag etiquette and how to recite the Pledge of Allegiance. For additional activity ideas, visit related patriotic holidays Memorial Day, Fourth of July and Veterans' Day.
"Though the Flag Day was first celebrated in 1877, with the centennial of the U.S. flag's existence, the idea of making it a public celebration is believed to have originated in 1885." Celebrate Flag Day at The Holiday Spot with their collection of computer wallpapers, crafts, historical flags, history articles, and a Flag Day Quiz. "How many changes had the Flag undergone since the first National Flag was born?"
For Flag Day, Enchanted Learning offers dozens of patriotic crafts for preschool, kindergarten, and early elementary ages. All can be made with common craft supplies, such as paper, scissors, glue, string, pencils and popsicle sticks. Projects that caught my eye include a flag-themed wind sock a patriotic pinwheel, and a flag pebble. Some of the printable activities are only available for paid members.
"On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, planned appropriate ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York." USFlag.org is dedicated to the history of the American flag, and has an excellent article about the history of Flag Day, along with a gallery of of historic U.S. flags, answers to questions about flag etiquette, and a discussion of flag desecration. Do you think the Constitution should be amended to make it illegal to burn an American Flag?