On This Day in History: Flag Day

June 14, 2024

… that the Flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a blue field, representing a new constellation.

The Continental Congress approving the official design of the national flag on June 14, 1777, during the Revolutionary War. Some suggest the British flag inspired the use of red, white and blue, though these colors came to represent virtues: valor, purity and perseverance.

Why It Matters: While the Continental Congress approved the design of the American flag on June 14, 1777, the maker remains one of the greatest mysteries of American history, with common lore suggesting Betsy Ross, a seamstress in Philadelphia — the city where the Continental Congress met. Surprisingly, no facts support or document this story, nor confirm a competing claim that a congressman from New Jersey designed it. Historians generally agree Ross likely knew Gen. Washington and sewed flags in her family’s shop.

For a deeper dive into the likelihood of Betsy Ross sewing the first flag, check out Jenna’s interview with Lisa Moulder, director of the Betsy Ross House. They discuss an “ordinary woman” who navigated terrible loss, confronted potential treason and fought near destitution with her weapon of choice: a needle and thread.

Read More: Why does the flag get folded 13 times? Each fold has a specific meaning; read more HERE.

The history of flag day (SmartHER News)

The history of the American flag and what’s it all about 

by Emily Hooker, based in Texas