June 14: Flag Day

Each year on June 14, the United States of America sets aside time to celebrate the Stars and Stripes.

What is so important about June 14? How did this day become Flag Day? It goes back to June 14, 1777, at a meeting of the Continental Congress, according to the National Flag Day Foundation.

It was on this day Congress approved the look of the United States flag. “Resolved that the flag of the thirteen United States be Thirteen stripes alternate red and white: that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation,” their notes read.

Fast forward 108 years to 1885 and the town of Waubeka, Wisconsin, and the classroom of Bernard John Cigrand, and you’ll find the origins of the holiday.

Each year on June 14, the Foundation says, Cigrand would have his students write an essay about what the flag means to them. He called the day the flag’s birthday.