contributed by Leanne Guenther
DLTK's Flag Day section includes printable templates for children's American Flag Day crafts, coloring, tracer pages and other activities for preschool, kindergarten and grade school kids.
About Flag Day:
On June 14th, 1777 the American Flag was born! Congress passed a resolution on that day to give the young country it's own flag. It didn't look quite the way it looks today -- it still had the stars and stripes, but there were only thirteen stars in a circle (to represent each of the thirteen original states.
Initially, they thought they should make the stars six pointed one because that's the way the men could figure out how to make a geometric star (two triangles overlapping each other). Luckily Betsy Ross, an experience seamstress, stepped in to show them how they could easily make five pointed stars. Yay! Everyone was happy and the flag was born.
In 1795, a new flag was adopted with 15 stars -- two more states in the union, Vermont and Kentucky, meant two new stars were added. They also added two more stripes so the flag had 15 stars and 15 stripes -- gosh, I'm glad they stopped adding stripes for every extra state or the American flag would be VERY hard to draw -- can you imagine a flag with 50 stripes!? The next flag had 20 stars and went back down to 13 stripes -- from then on, it was decided the number of stars would reflect the number of states in the union while the number of stripes (13) would stay the same in honor of the original thirteen states that existed in George Washington's time.
Over the years there have been 28 different flags (always changing to reflect the number of states in the union).
Today, the flag has 50 white stars on a blue background square in the top left corner with thirteen alternating red and white stripes. This version of the flag was adopted on July 4, 1960 to acknowledge Hawaii's addition as a US state.