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Congress adopts the Stars and Stripes
- The first Flag Day observance was held on the 100th anniversary of the adoption of the Stars and Stripes on June 14, 1877.
- The Continental Congress adopts a resolution stating that “the flag of the United States be thirteen alternate stripes red and white” and that “the Union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation.
- The national flag became known as the “Stars and Stripes,” was based on the “Grand Union” flag, a banner carried by the Continental Army in 1776 that also consisted of 13 red and white stripes.
- In 1949 Congress officially designated June 14 as Flag Day, a national day of observance.