ASHEVILLE, NC – Don’t forget to show your patriotism by flying your flag for Flag Day!
The Fourth of July was traditionally celebrated as America’s birthday, but the idea of an annual day specifically celebrating the Flag is believed to have first originated in 1885.
BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher, arranged for the pupils in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School, District 6, to observe June 14 (the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of the Stars and Stripes) as “Flag Birthday.”
In numerous magazines, newspaper articles and public addresses over the following years, Cigrand continued to enthusiastically advocate the observance of June 14 as “Flag Birthday,” or “Flag Day.” Others from around the nation joined to establish this event.
Find out who they were and what they did in order to make this recognized around the nation.