Learn all about the history of the American flag with our Flag Day worksheets.
Flag Day is celebrated on June 14th as that is the day in 1777 when the Second Continental Congress approved the design of a national flag.
In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as a holiday. But it wasn’t until 1949 that it became a national holiday, and President Harry Truman signed it into law.
These free patriotic printables are great any time of the year but especially on Flag Day.
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History of the flag of America coloring pages
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There are 12 Flag Day worksheets all about the history of the American flag. Add these worksheets to your lesson plans in your history lessons or social studies with kids in second grade or above.
As the British Union Flag, it was the standard raised by the Jamestown settlers in 1607. You will also enjoy our free Christopher Columbus coloring pages.
The design originated when King James I of England combined the St. George Cross with the Scottish Cross of St. Andrew.
Grand Union Flag
The first (unofficial) national flag of the United States.
It was raised in 1775 to celebrate the newly formed Continental Army by General George Washington. These free George Washington worksheets for kindergarten and free printable George Washington worksheets can also be used.
This flag combined the British Union Jack and the thirteen red and white stripes signifying Colonial unity.
October 2, 1737 – May 9, 1791
He was an American Founding Father, lawyer, jurist, author, and composer. You will also enjoy our free Founding Fathers coloring pages.
Francis Hopkinson designed Continental paper money and the 1776 flag.
He was also a signer of the Declaration of Independence in July 1776. Learn more and download our free Declaration of Independence worksheet printables.
The first official United States flag was adopted by an Act of Congress on June 14, 1777.
George Washington commissioned Betsy Ross to execute their design for presentation to Congress.
There were 13 stars and 13 stripes representing the colonies.
January 1, 1752 – January 30, 1836
The seamstress Betsy Ross is credited with sewing the first American flag.
The 1776 flag is also called the Betsy Ross flag. According to legend, she allegedly finalized the design, arguing for stars with five points because the cloth could be folded and cut out with a single snip.
Who was Betsy Ross? is an excellent book to help children learn all about this American legend.
War of 1812
June 18, 1812–February 17, 1815, between Great Britain & America.
The star spangled banner had 15 stars & 15 stripes.
On September 14, 1814, U.S. soldiers at Baltimore’s Fort McHenry raised a huge American flag to celebrate a crucial victory over British forces during the War of 1812. The Town that Fooled the British is a fantastic story of the war of 1812 for kids.
The sight of those “broad stripes and bright stars” inspired Francis Scott Key to write a song that eventually became the United States national anthem.
February 12, 1776 – October 4, 1857.
Mary was the creator of the Star-Spangled Banner.
The flag weighed about 50 pounds, and it took 11 men to raise it onto a 90-foot flagpole.
Our Flag Was Still There: The True Story of Mary Pickersgill and the Star-Spangled Banner is an excellent read for kids.
On April 4, 1818, the flag was changed to have 20 stars.
With a new star to be added when each new state was admitted, the number of stripes would remain at 13 so as to honor the original colonies.
Pledge Allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America
The Pledge of Allegiance was written in August 1892, by Francis Bellamy.
The most recent alteration of its wording came on Flag Day (June 14) in 1954, when the words “under God” were added. Download our free Pledge of Allegiance worksheets.
Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777.
It is not an official federal holiday, and only Pennsylvania celebrates it as a state holiday.
Flag of America
On August 21, 1959, President Eisenhower issued Executive Order 10834 establishing the design of the 50-star flag. You can also use this Dwight D. Eisenhower unit study.
There are 50 stars for the 50 states of America and the 13 stripes remain for the original colonies.
Man on the Moon
The first United States flag on the moon was deployed by Neil Armstrong and Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin during the Apollo 11 mission on 20 July 1969.
There are now 6 American flags on the moon.
What are the nicknames for the American flag?
The American flag has a few popular nicknames including:
- Stars and Stripes,
- Old Glory,
- Star-Spangled Banner
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Books about the American flag for kids
- F Is for Flag
- Why Are There Stripes on the American Flag?
- I’m Your Flag So Please Treat Me Right
- America’s Flag Story
- Red, White, and Blue: The Story of the American Flag
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Last Updated on 15 January 2024 by homeschoolof1