Thursday, June 14, 2018

Flag Day June 14 Activities

Flag Facts
Notes taken from the video on the National Constitution website

Today is the 241st Birthday of the American flag.

First Flag alternating red and white Stripes symbolizes colonial unity originated from the Sons of Liberty the first tea party brigade.

 Original flag had 13 stars in a circle forming a new constellation

Francis Hopkinson designed the first American flag? He sent a bill to Congress but was refused because he wasn't the only designer of a flag

Betsy Ross flag pattern, AKA Philadelphia and Single Wreath

blue part field union or canton

3 2 3 2 3 star design could be Francis Hopkinson

star spangled banner add a state add stripe

add a star for each new state

President Taft established a star pattern
all stars 5 points, stars in horizontal rows. star point straight up and down.

 Photo credit MKennedy courtesy of Historic Philadelphia, Inc. 2017

8 a.m. Change of Command Ceremony at Independence Mall at the Liberty Bell Center located at 6th and Market Streets. Hosted by Keith D. Bryant, Mid-Atlantic Recruiting Battalion the change of command ceremony will feature Philadelphia Recruiting Company Captain Lamont E. Brooks relinquishing command to Captain Adrian D. Roth of Harrisburg, PA.

10 a.m. 13 Star Flag Raising and Flag Day Proclamation at the Betsy Ross House  located at 239 Arch Street.

10:30 a.m. 50 Star Flag Raising at the Constitution Center 

11 a.m. Stars and Stripes opening ceremony at Independence Hall located at 520 Chestnut Street. Keynote speaker: U.S. Army, Major General Troy Kok. Brigadier General Mark T. Simerly will administer he oath to assembled army recruits. Tradition holds, the youngest and oldest soldiers present cut the Army birthday cake provided by Mission BBQ.

12 p.m.Team Fastrax Professional Sky Diving Team Independence Hall.

12:30 p.m. Performances by the U.S. Army Drill Team at the National Constitution Center.

1 p.m. Naturalization Ceremony at the Betsy Ross House, 13 new citizens will take the Oath of Allegiance.  
1:45 p.m. Performances by the U.S. Army Drill Team at the Liberty Bell Center.

2 p.m. Flag Retirement Ceremony at the Betsy Ross House by Boys Scouts of America, Roosevelt District, Cradle of Liberty Council officially retire worn flags. 

2:30 p.m. Giant Flag Folding at the National Constitution Center.

2:45 p.m. Performances by the U.S. Army Drill Team at the Independence Visitor's Center.

2:30 p.m.  Giant Flag Folding at the National Constitution Center 

3 p.m. Giant Flag Folding at Independence Hall

All Day Events

9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. National Constitution Center, Soldier Talks  
10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. (Programs included with general admission.)

10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Stripes and Stars Community Fair at Independence National Historical Park

11 a.m. - 3 p.m. Meet the Flag Ladies of the DLA! at the Betsy Ross House The DLA, Defense Logistics Agency. Presidential flags have been handmade exclusively in Philadelphia for more than 150 years. Admission is free courtesy of Dr. Jeffrey Kenneth Kohn.

10 a.m - 4 p.m. Burial Ground Exploration at Christ's Church Burial Ground Admission: $3 for Adults, $1 for Children. Visitors can explore this historical burial ground from noon - 3 p.m. and tak part in special history hunts throughout the day. Guided tours of burial ground highlighting the grave of Francis Hopkinson, designer of the first American lag and signer of the Declaration of Independence will be available for an additional fee.

For complete details on all the above events go to

Week long events at Betsy Ross House

June 14 - 17 In honor of Flag Day and Father’s Day Weekend, the Museum of the American Revolution will bring out of its collections George Washington’s Commander-in-Chief’s Standard, the flag that marked his presence on the battlefield. The rare surviving flag will be on display in the Museum’s first-floor Patriots Gallery.

June 16 Celebrate Father's Day - Breakfast with George Washington at the Museum of the American Revolution.  10 a.m.

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