Flag Day in the USA Date in the current year: June 14, 2016

Flag Day in the USA June 14 is Flag Day in the USA. This holiday commemorates the adoption of the flag of the U.S. by the Continental Congress in 1777.

In 1777 the Second Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as an official flag of all free states. Later it became the state flag of the USA. The formal observance of Flag Day began in 1885, when Bernard J. Cigrand, a grade school teacher in Waubeka, Wisconsin, held it at the Stony Hill School. In the end of the 1880s he promoted the patriotism, respect for the flag and the need for an annual observance of Flag Day.

Flag Day was officially adopted by President Woodrow Wilson in 1916, when he issued a proclamation that established holiday on June 14. Although this holiday is not officially federal all Americans annually celebrate Flag Day. During National Flag Week the flag is displayed on all government buildings. Sometimes parades and events are held by some organizations to celebrate America's flag and everything it represents.

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