Flag Day facts: 5 things you should know
- The June 14 holiday commemorates the same day in 1777 when the Second Constitutional Congress adopted the thirteen-stripes-and-thirteen-stars flag.
- The stars were put on a blue field, "representing a new constellation" in the night sky, according to a White House proclamation about Flag Day.
- In 1914, President Woodrow Wilson dubbed June 14 "Flag Day." In 1949, Congress passed legislation asking the president to issue an annual proclamation calling for the observance of the holiday.
- Federal government buildings are asked to fly the Stars and Stripes on Flag Day.
- The week in which June 14 falls is National Flag Week, and citizens are encouraged to fly the flag that week. This year's week officially kicked off Sunday.