Flag Day

Barbara J. Feldman

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.

  • Apples 4 the Teacher: Flag Day Activities for Kids5 stars

    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.

  • The Holiday Spot: Flag Day4 stars

    "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?"

  • EnchantedLearning: US Flag Day Crafts5 stars

    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.

  • USFlag.org: History of Flag Day5 stars

    "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?

  • Honorable Mentions

    The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!


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  • Feldman, Barbara. "Flag Day." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 26 May. 2009. Web. 29 Aug. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/flag-day/ >.


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