Flag Day may seem like just another odd holiday on the calendar, but it is believed to have originated in the mid 1880s and is to mark the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes. Here are five things to know for Flag Birthday or Flag Day.
1 of 5
History of Flag Day
According to the American Flag Foundation, June 14, 1877, was the first national observance of Flag Day on the centennial of the original flag resolution.
A school teacher in Wisconsin observed the birthday in 1885, which sparked an effort to observe June 14 as Flag Day. Schools throughout Pennsylvania, New York, and Illinois followed in the years to come.
In May, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that June 14 was to be observed as National Flag Day. President Coolidge did the same in 1927.
On August 3, 1949 by Act of Congress, June 14 was designated as Flag Day, according to the the American Flag Foundation.
Photo by Associated Press
1 of 5
More By the Numbers
12 12s who go above and beyond for the Seahawks
These aren't the only 12s who go above and beyond as fans, but they certainly take it to the next level. We salute you, 12th Man.
10 Blue Friday rallies in Seattle & Washington
The Seahawks are getting ready to play the New England Patriots in Super Bowl XLIX. That means this Friday will be the biggest Blue Friday in Seahawks history. Where will you be celebrating?
10 ways to eat and drink like The 12th Man
If you want to eat like a 12th Man, we've found the places that let you order like one.
Super Bowl ads 2015
One of the best parts about Super Bowl is you don't have to skip the ads. Some would argue they're more entertaining than the game. Here's a sneak preview of some of the best ads you'll see on Sunday.
Marshawn Lynch's 10 best interviews, ranked
Beast Mode Marshawn Lynch is a man of few words. In fact, he says so little that he's had to pay tens of thousands of dollars in fines because he wouldn't talk the media.
15 of the funniest Jon Ryan fake field goal memes
Ever since the best special teams fake in recent history, Jon Ryan has been getting a lot of flack - for his face. And this week, some creative types did their best to poke fun at Ryan and the epic photo that froze his face in time.
11 of the best things Seahawk Michael Bennett has ever said (that we know of)
Michael Bennett is probably the most quotable Seahawk and to prove it we gathered up some of the greatest things he's ever said ... that we know of.
The Barbershop nicknames 12 Seattle Seahawks
You know Luke Willson, Earl Thomas and Kam Chancellor, but do you know Samson, The General, and The Dark Knight? The Barbershop shares 12 Seahawks nicknames and how our favorite players earned their monikers.
10 best NFC Championship game memes
The 12th Man was amped-up following a nail-biting NFC Championship victory. Here's how the Internet responded to the epic win.
8 Blue Friday rallies in Seattle & around Western Washington
As the Seahawks get set to play the Green Bay Packers for the NFC Championship title, show your pride Blue Friday by celebrating the postseason with your fellow 12s.