Five things to know about the American flag for Flag Day

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.

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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.

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