In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States in 1777. The United States Army also celebrates the Army Birthday on this date.
While Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, the week of June 14 is designated as National Flag Week. During this week, the President of the United States will issue a proclamation urging citizens to fly the American flag for the duration of that week.
- The Flag Code prohibits the American flag from being used for advertising purposes or to create apparel, bedding, or drapery.
- Many people consider Rennerdale, Pennsylvania the “Home of Flag Day,” as prominent resident William T. Kerr lobbied for it to become a national holiday in 1888. Only in Pennsylvania is Flag Day is a legal holiday.
- An early design of the American flag, also know as the Betsy Ross flag, was designed during the American Revolution and features 13 stars and stripes to represent the original 13 colonies. Red stood for hardiness and courage, white for purity and innocence and blue for vigilance and justice.
- If appropriate, hang an American flag outside your business during National Flag Week (or all year long!).
- Host a patriotic party – have a barbeque, play rousing marches, and wave Old Glory. If permissible, have sparklers outside for children.
Post trivia questions about the history of the flag in the window of your store (or on Facebook) and have customers submit their answers in store or online. Offer a gift card or special offer for the winner (drawn at random from the correct answers).
Check out our Marketing Holiday Calendar for more dates to celebrate!