Flag Day of America & Flag Timeline

1. New Year's Day
15 Martin Luther King's Birthday *
20 Inauguration Day (Once every four years)
(3rd Mon.) Lee's Birthday (AL., MS., VA.)

(1st Mon.) Lincoln s Birthday (11 .DE.)
12. Lincoln's Birthday
(3rd Mon.) Washington's Birthday*

17. St. Patrick s Day
(Last Mon.) Seward's Day (AK.)

(3d Mon.) Patrick's Day (MA )
(4th Mon.) Confederate Memorial Day (AL., MS.)
(Last Fri.) Arbor Day (UT.)

1. Loyalty Day
(1st Thursday) National Day of Prayer,
(2nd Sun.) Mother's Day
(3rd Sat.) Armed Forces Day\
15 Armed Forces Day
(Last Mon.) Memorial Day' (Half-staff until noon)

(1st Mon.) Jefferson Davis Birthday
June 14th Flag Day
(3rd Sun) Father s Day

4. Independence Day*

4. Coast Guard Day - August 4
(2nd Mon.) Victory Day (Rl.)
(3rd Fri.) Admission Day (Hl.)

(1st Mon.) Labor Day
17. Constitution Day' Citizen Day
18. Patriot Day (911 Attack)

(2nd Mon.) Columbus Day,* Farmer's Day (Fl .)
(3rd Mon.) Alaska Day (AK.)
13 Navy Day


(1st Tues.) Election Day
10. Marine Corps Day
11. Veterans Day
(4th Thurs) Thanksgiving Day*

21. Forefather s Day
25. Christmas Day*

*Denotes Federal Holiday


  • 1776
January 1 -- The Grand Union flag is displayed on Prospect Hill. It has 13 alternate red and white stripes and the British Union Jack in the upper left-hand corner (the canton).
  • 1776
May -- Betsy Ross reports that she sewed the first American flag
  • 1777
June 14 -- Continental Congress adopts the following: Resolved: that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation (stars represent Delaware, Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Georgia, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Maryland, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Virginia, New York, North Carolina, and Rhode Island).
  • 1787
Captain Robert Gray carries the flag around the world on his sailing vessel (around the tip of South America, to China, and beyond). He discovered a great river and named it after his boat The Columbia. His discovery was the basis of America's claim to the Oregon Territory.
  • 1795
Flag with 15 stars and 15 stripes (Vermont, Kentucky)
  • 1814
September 14 -- Francis Scott Key writes "The Star-Spangled Banner." It officially becomes the national anthem in 1931.
  • 1818
Flag with 20 stars and 13 stripes (it remains at 13 hereafter) (Tennessee, Ohio, Louisiana, Indiana, Mississippi)
  • 1819
Flag with 21 stars (Illinois)
  • 1820
Flag with 23 stars (Alabama, Maine)
first flag on Pikes Peak
  • 1822
Flag with 24 stars (Missouri)
  • 1836
Flag with 25 stars (Arkansas)
  • 1837
Flag with 26 stars (Michigan)
  • 1845
Flag with 27 stars (Florida)
  • 1846
Flag with 28 stars (Texas)
  • 1847
Flag with 29 stars (Iowa)
  • 1848
Flag with 30 stars (Wisconsin)
  • 1851
Flag with 31 stars (California)
  • 1858
Flag with 32 stars (Minnesota)
  • 1859
Flag with 33 stars (Oregon)
  • 1861
Flag with 34 stars; (Kansas)
first Confederate Flag (Stars and Bars) adopted in Montgomery, Alabama
  • 1863
Flag with 35 stars (West Virginia)
  • 1865
Flag with 36 stars (Nevada)
  • 1867
Flag with 37 stars (Nebraska)
  • 1869
First flag on a postage stamp
  • 1877
Flag with 38 stars (Colorado)
  • 1890
Flag with 43 stars (North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, Washington, Idaho)
  • 1891
Flag with 44 stars (Wyoming)
  • 1892
"Pledge of Allegiance" first published in a magazine called "The Youth's Companion," written by Francis Bellamy. The words, "under God" were added on June 14, 1954.
  • 1896
Flag with 45 stars (Utah)
  • 1908
Flag with 46 stars (Oklahoma)
  • 1909
Robert Peary places the flag his wife sewed atop the North Pole. He left pieces of another flag along the way. He was never censored for his action.
  • 1912
Flag with 48 stars (New Mexico, Arizona)
  • 1945
The flag that flew over Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941, is flown over the White House on August 14, when the Japanese accepted surrender terms.
  • 1949
August 3 -- Truman signs bill requesting the President call for Flag Day (June 14) observance each year by proclamation.
  • 1959
Flag with 49 stars (Alaska)
  • 1960
Flag with 50 stars (Hawaii)
  • 1963
Flag placed on top of Mount Everest by Barry Bishop.
  • 1969
July 20 -- The American flag is placed on the moon by Neil Armstrong
  • 1995
December 12 -- The Flag Desecration Constitutional Amendment is narrowly defeated in the Senate. The Amendment to the Constitution would make burning the flag a punishable crime.

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