Get your red, white, and blue ready to fly high this weekend. Flag Day is Sunday, June 14. The holiday is always on this date. It marks the official day the Second Continental Congress passed the flag resolution. The exact date was June 14, 1777. Here is the wording of the resolution:
“Resolved, That the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.”
Americans did not formally observe Flag Day until June 14, 1877, but it was not an official holiday until decades later. President Woodrow Wilson made a proclamation for June 14 to be Flag Day in 1916 ,and Congress made it official in 1949.
Here are some facts about the U.S. Flag compiled by the History Channel:
1. The flag’s original design remained the same from 1777 to 1795.
2. In American history, June 14 isn’t just a day to honor the flag. It’s also the U.S. Army’s birthday.
3. There are very specific colors used to create the flag.
It’s the Textile Color Card Association of the United States (TCCA) that creates the palate of colors used for both private and public institutions, and the U.S. Army that issues a reference guide of acceptable shades to be used in local, state and national flags. So if you’re trying to produce a truly authentic American flag, you’ll need to use the exact shades of white, “Old Glory Red” and “Old Glory Blue,” specified in the guide. Although mass-market flag manufacturers have been known to fudge a bit and use the more-easily processed Pantone Matching Shades of Dark Red (193 C) and Navy Blue (281 C).