Honoring Flag Day, June 14

Flag Day

Happy Flag Day from Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard. In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States, which occurred on that day in 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

Flag DayThe United States Army also celebrates its birthday on this date. The U.S. Army was founded on June 14, 1775, when the Continental Congress authorized enlistment of riflemen to serve the United Colonies for one year. Congress adopted “the American continental army” after reaching a consensus position in the Committee of the Whole on June 14, 1775.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day. In August 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Flag Day is not an official federal holiday; however, it is at the president’s discretion to officially proclaim the observance.

On June 14, 1937, Pennsylvania became the first U.S. state to celebrate Flag Day as a state holiday. Perhaps the oldest continuing Flag Day parade is in Fairfield, Wash., just south of Spokane on the Idaho border. Beginning in 1909 or 1910, Fairfield, population around 600, has held a parade every year since, with the possible exception of 1918. It celebrated the “Centennial” parade in 2010.

Gig Harbor Marina & Boatyard joins you in honoring Flag Day on June 14.


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