Flag Day, from Life in the USA: The Complete Guide for Immigrants and Americans

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Flag Day
Flag Day, June 14, celebrates the American flag and all it represents. On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress, having declared independence from Great Britain the previous July, officially adopted the flag of the United States.

Legend has it that Philadelphia's Betsy Ross, on the request of George Washington, created the first version of the “Stars and Stripes” in either 1776 or 1777, but firm proof of this connection does not exist. Congress established June 14 as National Flag Day in 1949. It is not an official public holiday, meaning offices and stores remain open as usual. The day is an official state holiday in the state of Pennsylvania.

As can be expected, the American flag makes an impressive appearance on Flag Day, and in fact for the entire week, designated “Flag Week.” Some communities hold parades. Flags of impressive size on public buildings and bridges may be unfurled. The Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia and other historic sites hold ceremonies honoring the flag.

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