Tuesday, June 14, is Flag Day. Learn the guidelines for displaying the United States flag .
The Flag of the United States of America is a symbol of freedom and liberty to which Americans pledge their allegiance. It consists of thirteen alternating red and white stripes and fifty white stars on a blue field, with each star representing a state.
The colors on the flag represent:
- Red: valor and bravery
- White: purity and innocence
- Blue: vigilance, perseverance, and justice
June 14 is Flag Day, and the week in which June 14 occurs is National Flag Week, which encourages Americans to display the flag outside their homes and businesses.
In 1776, George Washington commissioned Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross to create a flag for the new nation. To date, there have been twenty-seven official versions of the flag, but the arrangement of the stars varied according to the flag-makers’ preferences until 1912 when President Taft standardized the then-new flag’s forty-eight stars into six rows of eight. The forty-nine-star flag (1959-60), as well as the fifty-star flag, also have standardized star patterns. The current version of the flag dates to July 4, 1960, after Hawaii became the fiftieth state on August 21, 1959.
- U.S. Code, Title 4, Chapter 1: The Flag
- Flying the American Flag at Half-Staff
- Ordering a Flag Flown over the United States Capitol
- Correct Method of Folding the Flag (PDF document)
- Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Policy on Flag-Folding Recitations
- Veterans’ Salutes during National Anthem
- Celebrating America’s Freedoms
Great Outdoors Month helps to highlight the benefits of spending time and volunteering outside to individuals, families, communities and the nation. For example, through recreational activities such as fishing, skiing, biking, and nature watching, we can enjoy the outdoors while maintaining a healthier lifestyle. In addition, volunteerism for environmental education programs, local parks, and nature conservancies helps to sustain park trails, restore wildlife habitats, and protect the environment for future generations.
- Connecting Americans to the Great Outdoors
- Conserving and Restoring America’s Great Outdoors
- Working Together for America’s Great Outdoors
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