National Flag Week is an offshoot of Flag Day. It is a week-long observance celebrating the creation of the United States Flag. Its’ longevity grew naturally out of the one-day observance that had its’ origins as far back as the 100th anniversary of the creation of the Stars and Stripes.
National Flag Day occurs every year during the week of June 14th, the date the United States Flag was created. The week of June 14 is designated as “National Flag Week” which will be June 13–19, 2021.
Technically, Flag Day occurred before Flag Week, albeit in an unofficial way-this holiday was observed informally and/or by state/local governments long before it became a national observance. In 1949 President Harry Truman approved both Flag Day and National Flag Week. This started as a joint resolution in Congress, later approved by the president on August 3, 1949.
National Flag Week is not technically a “standing holiday” the way Labor Day, President’s Day or Memorial Day holidays are set in stone. Instead, each sitting President is responsible for making a proclamation declaring the week of June 14 as the official observance of the holiday.
Celebrating National Flag Week is as easy as properly hoisting and displaying the flag at your home or place of business. Be sure to fly yours.