America celebrates National Flag Day

CHARLESTON, S.C. (WCBD) — Tuesday, June 14, marks National Flag Day.

The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885.

In 1894, the governor of New York directed that on June 14 the Flag be displayed on all public buildings.

On June 14th, 1894, under the auspices of this association, the first general public school children’s celebration of Flag Day in Chicago was held in Douglas, Garfield, Humboldt, Lincoln, and Washington Parks, with more than 300,000 children participating.

While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years, but it was not until August 3, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.

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