Did You Know? | Fun Facts About the US Flag

Parades, BBQs and fireworks are usually the highlights of our family’s 4th of July celebration, but this year I’ve made it a point to chat with my soon-to-be preschooler about the US flag. The beautiful red, white and blue that she’s seeing everywhere these days has sparked her interest, so, why not? An early history lesson and a little American pride never hurt anyone!

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Share these fun facts with your kiddos or wow the crowd with your knowledge at this year’s family gathering!

  • The US Flag has quite a few nicknames some of which are Old Glory, Star-Spangled Banner and Stars and Stripes
  • The moon is the farthest place a flag has flown
  • Six US flags fly on the moon
  • The original US flag is housed at The Smithsonian Institute
  • It is only appropriate to fly the flag upside down if you are trying to signal an emergency or “Help Me!” call
  • When a flag wears out, it is customary for it to be burned
  • Star Spangled Banner became the USA’s official anthem in 1931
  • Betsy Ross designed the first flag
  • When a flag passes by during a parade US citizens are supposed to put their right hand over their heart and members of the military are supposed to salute
  • Each star on the flag represents a US state and each stripe (beginning with red and then alternating with white) represents one of the original 13 colonies
  • The blue part of the flag is called the canton, field or union
  • When wearing a flag pin, you should wear it on your left pocket or as close to your heart as possible
  • There have been 27 legal variations of the flag flown throughout our country’s history

Have those facts all stored away in your memory now? If your kids seem to have a knack for flag trivia, who knows, maybe they’ll become a vexillogist! And no, I didn’t know what a vexillogist was until I began research for this post … a vexillogist is an expert in the history and study of flags 🙂

Sources and more information … US History, Times Dispatch, WPTV, Brownie Locks, and HT Flag

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Gretchen hails from the beautiful Pacific Northwest along with her husband and two young children. Before transitioning to life as a stay at home mom, Gretchen worked in sales and marketing while earning her Masters in Management and Organizational Leadership. Now her days are focused on managing meal plans and nap times while organizing her sewing stash and children's toy bins. My oh my, how life changes in the blink of an eye! Gretchen writes frequently about natural parenting, becoming more environmentally conscience, her affinity for thrifted treasures, and hopes of making it out of yoga pants each day on her blog That Mama Gretchen (www.thatmamagretchen.com).

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