Flag Day is maintained in the United Kingdom when charitable groups raise funds by getting on the street and visiting people from door-to-door. To mark the day, donors are also given a small flag or badge to sport, exhibiting their donation to support the charity.
In 1885, the idea of hosting an annual day to specifically celebrate the joy of having a flag of independent nation coined the mind of BJ Cigrand, a schoolteacher. He arranged for students in the Fredonia, Wisconsin Public School to observe June 14—the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes—as ‘Flag Birthday’. Over the following years, Cigrand continued to unreservedly back the observance of June 14 as Flag Birthday, or Flag Day.
Later on, on June 14, 1889 , George Balch, a kindergarten teacher in New York City , planned apposite procedures for children of his school and his idea of observing Flag Day thus was adopted by the State Board of Education, New York. On June 14, 1891, the Betsy Ross House in Philadelphia held a Flag Day celebration, and on June 14 of the following year in 1892, the New York Society of the Sons of the Revolution observed Flag Day.
In 1894, the state governor of New York directed that all public buildings should display the Flag on June 14. Later on with BJ Cigrand as the moral fiber—the Illinois organization, known as the American Flag Day Association—was brought up with the sole purpose of promoting the Flag Day exercises. Under the auspices of this association, on 14 June, 1894 , the first Flag Day school children’ celebration was held in Chicago in cities namely Douglas, Garfield, Humboldt, Lincoln and Washington Parks with more than 3 lac participations.
There are broadly two definitions to explain the Flag Day. The first definition designates the day to fly a flag of a certain area, mainly of a nation; and second well-chosen option is to allocate a day aside to host an event specifically to honor the national flag. In some countries, as required by law, Flag Days are special holidays on which the national flag necessarily be flown from government buildings.
Different countries, Different Flag Days
- Argentina : June 20 (a national holiday since 1938)
- Aruba : March 18
- Australia: September 3
- Brazil: November 19
- Canada: February 15
- Chile: October 18
- Curacao: July 2
- Denmark: June 15
- Ecuador: October 31
- The Faroe Islands: April 25
- Haiti: May 18
- Hawaiian Flag Day: July 31 (known locally as La Hae Hawai’i )
- Mexico: February 24
- Panama: November 4
- Paraguay: August 14
- Peru: June 7
- Philippines: May 28
- Romania: June 26 (known locally as Ziua Tricolorului)
- Poland: May 2
- Sweden: June 6
- Ukraine: August 23
- United States: June 14
- Venezuela: August 3 (since 2006)