In 1776 July Fourth was named the day to celebrate America’s Birthday, but the idea of celebrating the Flag began in 1885.
BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Frdonia, Wisonsin Public School to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes) as Flag Birthday. In numerous magazines and newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as ‘Flag Birthday’, or ‘Flag Day’.
On June 14, 1889, George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City, continued Cigrand’s plan by holding ceremonies for the children of his school, and his idea of observing Flag Day was later adopted by the State Board of Education of New York.
On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration, and on June 14 of the following year, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution, celebrated Flag Day.
On April 25, 1893 The Pennsylvania Society of Colonial Dames of America adopted a resolution requesting the Mayor of Philadelphia and all other in authority and all private citizens to display the Flag on June 14th and the day be known as Flag Day. Two weeks later a vote was held and it was a unanimous yes.
In 1894, the governor of New York directed that on June 14 the Flag be displayed on all public buildings. With BJ Cigrand and Leroy Van Horn as the moving spirits, the Illinois organization, known as the American Flag Day Association, was organized for the purpose of promoting the holding of Flag Day exercises.
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.
Inspired by these three decades of state and local celebrations, Flag Day – the anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777 – was officially
established by the Proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson on May 30th, 1916. While Flag Day was celebrated in various communities for years after Wilson’s proclamation, it was not until August 3rd, 1949, that President Truman signed an Act of Congress designating June 14th of each year as National Flag Day.
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