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noun (sometimes initial capital letters)British.

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Origin of flag day

First recorded in 1910–15

Definition for flag day (2 of 2)

Flag Day

noun

June 14, the anniversary of the day (June 14, 1777) when Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag of the United States.
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What is Flag Day?

In the U.S., the holiday known as Flag Day marks the anniversary of the day in 1777 that Congress adopted the U.S. national flag, known as the Stars and Stripes.

Unlike other patriotic holidays in the U.S., such as Independence Day and Memorial Day, Flag Day is not typically celebrated as a major holiday.

There are a few other holidays throughout the world that are also known as Flag Day, including one in Italy commemorating the creation of the Italian tricolor flag and a holiday observed by some Buddhists.

In the U.K., the term flag day (sometimes capitalized) refers to a day on which money is collected for a charity. Part of this tradition involves flags, tags, stickers, or some other emblem being given to those who contribute. It is also called a tag day.

When is Flag Day?

In the U.S., Flag Day is always observed on June 14.

Where does Flag Day come from?

Flag Day was officially established in the U.S. in 1916.

According to legend, the first American flag was made by Betsy Ross based on a sketch she was given by George Washington. At the time, the flag consisted of 13 alternately red and white horizontal stripes (representing the original states) with a blue rectangle in the corner containing 13 white stars in a circle. New stars were added as more states were added to the Union, and there are currently 50 stars in a lined pattern.

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How is Flag Day used in real life?

In the U.S., Flag Day is sometimes observed by displaying American flags, but it’s not popularly celebrated as a major holiday.

 

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British Dictionary definitions for flag day (1 of 2)

flag day

noun

British a day on which money is collected by a charity and small flags, emblems, or stickers are given to contributors

British Dictionary definitions for flag day (2 of 2)

Flag Day

noun

June 14, the annual holiday in the US to celebrate the adoption in 1777 of the Stars and Stripes
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