Happy Flag Day from The Barach Group!

What better way to celebrate this holiday than in its birthplace?!

Source: philly.com | Tom Gralish, Staff Photographer

Source: philly.com | Tom Gralish, Staff Photographer

Flag Raising at the Betsy Ross House

Watch as Betsy Ross herself raises the 13-star flag every morning this week over her former home.

When: Today through Saturday, June 18th at 10:00 AM, daily

Where: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street

Cost: Free

Stars and Stripes Selfies

After watching the flag being hoisted at Betsy Ross’s house, don’t forget to snap your most patriotic selfie to post!

When: Today through Saturday, June 18th from 11:00 AM – 3:00 PM, daily

Where: Betsy Ross House, 239 Arch Street

Cost: Free

Stripes and Stars Community Fair

Visit booths staffed by veterans associations, museums, and other community partners, plus get up close and personal with military equipment and vehicles.

When: Today from 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

Where:Independence National Historic Park, 6th and Chestnut Streets

Macy’s Family Day at the National Convention Center

Enjoy arts and crafts, educational programs, games, and other patriotic family-friendly activities!

When: Today from 9:20 AM – 5:00 PM

Where: National Constitution Center, 525 Arch Street

Cost: Free

Flag Week Festival 

Engage in a meet-and-greet with Ben Franklin, explore the historic Christ Church Burial Ground, partake in special history hunts and more at this festival.

When: Today from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM

Where: Christ Church Burial Ground, 20 N. American Street

Cost: $2.00 per person

Source: uwishunu.com | Photo courtesy Historic Philadelphia, Inc

Source: uwishunu.com | Photo courtesy Historic Philadelphia, Inc

Fun Facts about Flag Day

On June 14, 1777, the Second Continental Congress adopted the first American Flag by passing a resolution. The resolution stated, “Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

Although Betsy Ross has been credited with creating the first American Flag, there is no historical proof (gasp!) that she did. Rather, Francis Hopkinson (a Philadelphian who signed the Declaration of Independence as a New Jersey delegate) is credited with designing the first flag, but the first official adopted flag was done by Ross.

In 1795 when Kentucky and Vermont joined the US, the flag was updated to have 15 stars and 15 stripes. It was this style flag that was flying over Fort McHenry when Francis Scott Key wrote the “Star Spangled Banner.”

In 1818, Congress set the standard for the flag to have 13 stripes again to represent the original colonies with a star for each new state added to the blue. This act set the stage for the flag as we know it today.

The current flag is only 56 years old, as it was changed to 50 stars on July 4th, 1960 to include Hawaii’s statehood that had become official the previous August.

President Woodrow Wilson declared June 14th to be Flag Day in 1916… 100 years ago today!

Flag Day also shares the date with the birthday of the US Army, which was established on June 14th, 1775 by the First Continental Congress.

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