1) On June 14,1777 the US Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the national flag
2) 1912: President William Taft issued an executive order dictating the proportions for the flag and placement of the stars. Before that it was left up to the flag maker.
3) 1916: President Woodrow Wilson issued the proclamation establishing June 14 as Flag Day, though it is not a federal holiday many states do celebrate it as a state holiday.
4) Betsy Ross, credited with sewing the nation’s first flag, was an upholsterer not a seamstress
5) The U.S. flag has been changed 27 times since 1777. The 50-star flag used today was created in July 4, 1960 when Hawaii became the 50th state. That version has been used the longest.
6) 1949: President Harry Truman signed into law June 14 as national Flag Day.
© Diane Chase, author of Adirondack Family Activities™ guidebook series. Adirondack Family Time: Tri-Lakes and High Peaks (Your Four-Season Guide to Over 300 Activities) for the towns of Lake Placid, Saranac Lake, Jay/Upper Jay, Wilmington, Keene/Keene Valley which is available online or bookstores/museums/sporting good stores. Diane is currently working on the second guidebook in the four-book series of Adirondack Family Activities.