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Flag Day--What About It?

Updated on December 31, 2017
Celebrate Flag Day!
Celebrate Flag Day! | Source

Want to Know What to Make of Flag Day?

• Do you feel a mixture of somber appreciation combined with festive excitement when you think about America’s stars and stripes on June 14?

• Do you want to know how to make the most of this national holiday with your kids, other family members, and friends in simple ways?

• Do you know veterans that you could remember and honor on Flag Day as part of your Flag Day celebration, as well as on other patriotic holidays?

• Do you know that Flag Day is a really easy day to commemorate and celebrate even if you have limited time and resources?

Say hooray for the red, white, and blue on Flag Day and display the stars and stripes!
Say hooray for the red, white, and blue on Flag Day and display the stars and stripes! | Source

Display Your Flag!

First things first, yes? Plan now to put up a flag on June 14 since our flag of stars and stripes is the focus of the day. The flag does not have to be expensive and it does not need other decorations. A simple presentation is often the most effective and appropriate display.

On Flag Day, many American homes will be displaying a flag by their front doors or on their front lawns. There will also be patriotic banners in windows and on porches, and storefronts will follow suit with other decorations and merchandise.

Dining room tables might display American flag centerpieces, and office desks will have flag posters above them. From daycare centers to nursing homes, the red, white, and blue will be showcased for all to see.

On June 14 in America, red, white, and blue are the colors of the day.
On June 14 in America, red, white, and blue are the colors of the day. | Source

Get Involved with Celebrating Flag Day in Your Community

Some towns will go so far as to have a gathering at their city hall, and more rarely there will be a small parade. For the most part, though, it is up to families to highlight Flag Day in their homes and communities, and it is important for them to do so.

This holiday celebration doesn't have to be on quite the same scale as our cranked up 4th of July bashes. While this day is certainly a great one for a cookout, keeping the temperature of this patriotic event down a degree or two is easily done and it is fitting for the occasion.

We can know what to do about Flag Day by keeping in mind that it is easy to show our patriotism and highlight our red, white, and blue theme in just one way, or by all of the following options:

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Foods can copy the colors of our flag from beverages to desserts. What’s simpler than strawberries and blueberries on vanilla ice cream? Anyone for cupcakes with a flag pick in the top? How about one of those salads with strawberries and blueberries? Red and blue jelly on a peanut butter sandwich for little ones? Pancakes or French toast topped with the red and blue berries? (I guess you would have to call it American toast for this day!)

Decorations for mealtime could be as simple as red, white, and blue napkins, or you could go all out with plates, napkins, and tablecloth decorated for patriotic events. Using disposables for Flag Day would make it super easy to have a picnic in the back yard. Don't forget to decorate your garden areas for the picnic!

Patriotic crafts could be as simple as making Flag Day cards for dad and/or grandparents, or as elaborate as creating artsy items from craft kits to designing jewelry, and more. From painting T-shirts to making bracelets, from working with foam sheets to making metal rubbings for outdoor art, this is a great opportunity to enjoy crafting and kits are available for all ages and ability levels. (Be sure to check out the videos below!)

Game time opportunities should not be missed on this summer holiday. Water balloons in patriotic colors would make a great splash with kids of all ages. Relay races with red, white, and blue batons or flags would keep the theme going. You won’t have any trouble thinking up or searching on the web for fun outdoor games to make your picnic memorable.

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Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue!
Hooray for the Red, White, and Blue! | Source
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Big Flags | Source
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The Stars and Stripes | Source
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Represent our Sentinels | Source
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Small Flags | Source

Patriotic Greeting Card Craft for Flag Day:

More About Flag Day

To make it easier for you to think through your Flag Day celebration I'm including a few sites I found interesting. You’ll find snips of information on America's history and flag, patriotic music, with fun stuff for big and little kids. The useful activities make learning fun.

• Here are some class act American holiday crafts to do with kids to help them celebrate this patriotic day.

• Print full-color patriotic bookmarks to use at parties, give to veterans, and use to help others remember Flag Day's meaning.

• Check out this post and help the kids make a fabulous Flag Day wreath that your family can enjoy.

• Here is a place for you to find loads of Flag Day activities for kids to do at picnics, reunions, and parties.

Flag Day on Pinterest is filled with ideas for decorating, crafting, and more.

Flag Day on flickr is an eye opening experience!

• Use this post to guide children in understanding the patriotic symbols.

• Here’s an info site for Flag Day--learn more about vexillology than simply how to spell it!

• Here’s a quiz for all the big kids in your group.

• Here’s an American flag timeline for you to check out with the kiddos.

• You can share more info on useful patriotic sites for others to use in comments below.

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Special Note for Everyone:

No matter what country you live in it is most often a good thing to join in celebrating their patriotic holidays and respecting their heritage with them. Begin by learning more about America's Flag Day and checking out the dates that other countries celebrate their national day. Remember, peoples histories are who they are whether popular opinion agrees or not.

Paint a Patriotic Fireworks T-shirt

More About how to Celebrate:

Read more about celebrating patriotic holidays:

• Happy 4th of July to the United States of America!

Thank you to our military with useful information on how to support personnel and/or their families.

• Remembering on Memorial Day and learning about how to help veterans.

• On our national anthem.

• Amazing watermelon cake!

Broad Stripes, Bright Stars On This Patriotic Holiday:

Tell us how you will celebrate Flag Day:

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    • RTalloni profile image

      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      How fun that your birthday is Flag Day, and your sister's must be a hoot. :) Thanks much for adding that delightful item to this post.

      Well, today is my birthday, and the news of the school shooting will make today sadly memorable. There is new life and there is death everyday throughout the world, and that's been true throughout history, but all that does not change the heartbreak of this day in our country.

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      LetitiaFT 5 years ago from Paris via California

      I celebrate Flag Day every year, it's my birthday! (My sister was born on Groundhog Day, we're just one holiday family!)

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      rajan jolly:

      Thanks for sharing about your home's Flag Day--it is a super addition to this hub.

      Thanks, too, for taking the time to learn about America's Flag Day--appreciate your comment very much.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 5 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      Flag day in India is celebrated to honor the armed forces of India. Funds are collected from the people for the welfare of the armed forces. It is celebrated on December 7 every year.

      Interesting to learn about the American flag day. Great set of ideas to make this day stand out.

      Voted up, interesting.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Peggy W:

      What a great story about being born on Flag Day! :) Thanks much for sharing it here and for all of your input!

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      Peggy Woods 5 years ago from Houston, Texas

      My husband's uncle was born 18 years to the day after his mother on Flag Day. His grandpa used to joke that "I finally got a son...and look!...the whole country is celebrating by flying flags." My husband came along 7 years later so they were almost reared like brothers when they lived near one another. Good ideas of how to celebrate Flag Day. Up votes and sharing!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      Thanks kindly, especially for sharing your childhood story about celebrating Flag Day in your family.

      Wouldn't it would a great thing if we talked up this holiday among our family and friends so we could start celebrating it on a larger scale each year?

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      Kristin Trapp 5 years ago from Illinois

      It seems as if Flag Day is becoming a forgotten holiday. When I was a kid we had a flag pole in our front yard which stood empty most days of the year. But every June 14 we raised the American flag up. I also remembering as a child, ironing the flag and folding it carefully, never letting it touch the ground as my father had taught me. Just now thinking about it - it's funny how traditions such as that teach respect. Terrific hub.

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey

      Angela Brummer:

      Thank you for stopping by and adding your input!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      Thanks much for your input on this hub and bravo! for displaying your flags!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      Thanks so much for your response! It is encouraging to hear that this will help you celebrate--I hope you've had a fabulous Flag Day!

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      Angela Brummer 5 years ago from Lincoln, Nebraska

      Another great hub from you! Thank you!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      Thank you for stopping in with your significant comment and letting me know you appreciated the hub! Each year I try to find something different to write about for this not-so-well-known patriotic holiday, meaning that I have two more Flag Day hubs you might be interested in.

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      Thomas Silvia 5 years ago from Massachusetts

      Great well written hub to remind everyone about flag day, well done ! I display two flags every day on my front lawn .

      Vote up and more !!!

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      Priscill Anne Alvik 5 years ago from Schaumburg, IL covered sooo much ground!!! I love to celebrate all the special occasions in life in a rainbow of ways!!! You gave me direction...thank you!

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      grayghost 5 years ago

      Thank you for the reminder! We fly the flag every day from our porch, but sometimes the common activity loses its significance and we need to be refreshed on what it all really means. Glad to see this post!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      I agree so much that I try to write a hub about it every year! :) Wouldn't it be something if hubbers posted videos of them and their families singing the national anthem like your mom did? That is just priceless! :)

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I hope so too! Everyone needs to celebrate this great day!

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      RTalloni 5 years ago from the short journey


      Oh how I hope that everyone who reads this hub will read your comment! Thanks so much for sharing your Mom's efforts to celebrate this holiday with your family. Have a great patriotic celebration tomorrow!

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am so glad I caught your hub before signing off for the night. I forgot about this day. My family celebrated this when I was growing up. Mom posted a huge flag outside the home and we sang the national anthem. I don't have a flag right now, but I am wearing the colors tomorrow and singing the song!