American Flag

Stuck between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July, Flag Day often gets overlooked. 

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Perhaps not completely ignored, but Flag Day isn't celebrated as much as other holidays associated with our nation's beginnings.

When is Flag Day 2021?

Flag Day is on June 14 every year. In 2021, Flag Day is on Monday.

What is the meaning of Flag Day?

It is the day, 244 years ago, when Congress commemorated Betsy Ross' creation of the Stars & Stripes as our national flag.

The flag has looked different throughout those years, of course, 27 variations, actually, as America grew through the colonies to the 50 states represented in the white stars today.

Is Flag Day a federal holiday?

No. Flag Day is not considered to be a holiday.

Is mail delivered on Flag Day?

Yes. Since Flag Day is not a federal holiday, mail should be received just like any other day.

Are banks, schools open on Flag Day?

Yes. Much like the mail, students who are still in school should still have class and banks should be operating like any other day since Flag Day is not a federal holiday.

Other Flag Day facts and history

Other interesting facts about the American Flag can be found at the National Flag Foundation website, including:

  • The Red, White and Blue: Red symbolizes hardiness and valor, white symbolizes purity and innocence and blue represents vigilance, perseverance and justice.
  • Today's design: A 17-year-old high school student, Robert G. Heft, of Lancaster, Ohio, submitted the design in a contest in 1958, chosen from more than 1,500 submissions by President Dwight Eisenhower.
  • To the moon: Several flags have made the trip to the moon, not just the one placed by Apollo 11's Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin. Additional Apollo missions, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17, also featured an astronaut placing a flag on the moon.

Happy Flag Day!

USA Today contributed to this story.

 

 

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