Flag Day 2016

Featured Content June 14, 2016 - Designated as a national observance by 36 U.S.C. 110

Federal law (36 U.S.C. 110) designates June 14 as Flag Day, and:

  • calls on U.S. government officials to display the flag of the United States on all government buildings on Flag Day, and
  • urges the people of the United States to observe Flag Day as the anniversary of the adoption on June 14, 1777, by the Continental Congress of the Stars and Stripes as the official flag of the United States.
“Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field representing a new constellation.”
Resolution of the Continental Congress at Philadelphia on June 14, 1777

Our Flag, S. Doc. 109-18, July 18, 2006 (PDF), is a Senate Document by the Joint Committee on Printing that briefly describes the history of the flag, and sets forth the practices and observances appropriate to its display.

Purchase a printed copy of Our Flag, as well as related publications, from GPO's online bookstore.

Learn more about Flag Day the Library of Congress' Today in History and America's Story from America's Library.