Flag Day is an annual holiday celebrated on June 14th every year. In 1775 when the American Revolution began, not all of the colonists were fighting together under a single flag. Rather, most units participating in the war for independence against colonial oppression fought under their own flags. In June of 1775, the Second Continental Congress met in Philadelphia to build the Continental Army that was a unified force with the hopes of having a more organized battle against the British forces. This led to the creation of the first “American” flag.
It is widely believed that Betsy Ross created the first American flag. She assisted with the American Revolutionary War effort by sewing tents and repairing uniforms. She is regarded as an important figure in American history. Despite probably creating many flags, a delegate from New Jersey named Francis Hopkins was identified as the person who created the design for the American flag.
The holiday commemorates the date of June 14th, 1777 when the United States of America first officially approved the design for the national flag. Visiting DC is a great way to commemorate and celebrate the anniversary of this significant day. Here are some ideas on how to celebrate.