Help us celebrate Flag Day! Honor the Stars and Stripes on June 14, 2020.
The United States flag has a long history and was developed during the American Revolution in 1775. Thirteen stripes in alternating colors represented the thirteen colonies, and in 1775, instead of stars the classic Union Jack was displayed in the top left corner.
As the revolution continued, the Union Jack was removed and 13 white stars were added to represent the colonies that continued to fight. This new design was developed and put in place by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson established Flag Day and we have been celebrating on June 14 since. To learn more about Flag Day, click here.
- As the United States grew in size and States were added, over 27 versions of the flag have been made with different numbers of stars.
- Red represents valor, white represents liberty and purity, and blue represents justice and loyalty.
- The U.S. Flag Code states that the flag must be illuminated in the dark, never flown in bad weather, must be raised quickly and lowered slowly, and much more. You can see the U.S. Flag Code in its entirety here.