Flag Day Party Guide

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The party guide helps plan a themed Flag Day event with ideas, tips in the food departments, creative crafts, and clever conversation chats, menus, recipes, cookies, cakes and food labels. Free printable games, puzzles, place name cards and coloring pages.

Flag Day is an annual holiday that celebrates the beauty, dignity and timeless history of the red, white and blue; and, as an object of endless admiration around the world, the flag has inspired the composition of a number of great patriotic songs.

Enliven any Flag Day celebration with a tuneful and festive Flag Day playlist. The songs could include:

Courtesy of the Red, White, and Blue (The Angry American) by Toby Keith
The Stars and Stripes Forever by John Philip Sousa
You’re a Grand Old Flag by George M. Cohan
Proud to be an American by Lee Greenwood
The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key

Yankee Doodle Dandy by George M. Cohan
Born in the USA by Bruce Springsteen
This most patriotic playlist must be supplemented with the best, most theme-appropriate party supplies. Red, white and blue tableware is only the beginning; the host also could place an American flag centerpiece made of foil or paper mache, hanging additional flags from the ceiling. A Betsy Ross collector’s doll would make another nice touch, as would star pattern mugs straight from the Betsy Ross House. Guests would love a Stars and Stripes wine caddy, as well as fun take home party tokens like flag pins and pens (of the wearing and writing varieties). A box can serve a dual purpose by first being able to hold supplies, but also be decorated on the outside for decor use. Don't be hesitant about asking parents to help out at a celebration for children. With a little imagination and white poster board, crayons, coloring pencils, tape, staples and printed photo images that can be cut, kids can create their own paper hats.

To encourage children to get in the Flag Day spirit by having them make homemade Flag Day party supplies. Invite guests using handmade Flag Day party invitations. Print out the American Flag on quality paper and write all the necessary information.

There is no small supply of Flag Day homemade party supplies to choose such as Flag Day Popsicle stick flags, Flag Day pinwheel, banners, American Flag heart pin, tissue paper American Flag, and American Flag mobile. Homemade Flag Day party supplies are a great way to show patriotism in creative ways. Include a patriotic Flag day centerpiece as well for all to enjoy and appreciate. Research ways to make an easy Flag Day centerpiece. One easy centerpiece to create is by taking numerous mini American Flags in a piece of foam inside a red, white and blue pot (paint the pot if needed). Add decorate, red, white, and blue curling ribbon or tissue to cover the foam. Since Flag day gives an opportunity for children to learn about the history of the Unites States, and more specifically when Flag day originated from, give children homemade printouts of Flag day history and general US history.

Need a new reason to make something many enjoy, how about doing a Flag Day birthday cake in honor the flag. Just what does one need to make this kind of cake, check out the following party supplies list to get a better idea. First the cake mix, something like red velvet will do the job and remember to pickup eggs and oil for the cake. In other words check the back for directions and what is need to make it. Next the decorations for the cake. The frosting will be a white butter cream style to create the background to work with on the cake. Once the frosting has set, then it is time to get to the decorations, which is where the party supplies come into play. Start by picking up two dozen miniature flags for use on the cake, some red and blue icing. Also pick up some red and blue sprinkles, no need for white. Start with placing the flags around the edge of the cake and block on a section for stars field, like that of a flag. Run evenly spaced red lines of icing in the larger area, then repeat with the blue or try making some stars. Last top with the sprinkles as desired.

What is the true meaning behind Flag Day? Often times we commemorate holidays or special events in history through the reservation of a special day. In the case of the national flag, we reserve the day of June 14th as Flag Day but why we choose to separate Flag Day from Independence Day is of an important note. There was a great deal of thought that went into the creation of the American flag aside from its historical declaration of America being its own country.

June 14th, Flag Day, was not however the first day our flag was hung with recognition. In 1977, the Continental Congress suggested that our national flag be represented by something other than the British Union Jack and so was selected our fist flag but previously to this official suggestion, Betsy Ross had already created a version of the American flag. On January 1, 1776, first flag of the country, the Grand Union, hung on a flag pole outside of the Continent Army headquarters; George Washington declared the principles behind the design to show the stars to represent the colonies and the separation of red to show America’s separation from the rule of Great Britain.

The essence behind our flag colors bring to light our struggle for independence. Independence from our mother country for our sake of religious freedom the five pointed star to respect each formed colony under one united governing body. The ring of patriotism brought through the colors of a flag runs deep as it conveys loyalty and honor in being part of a greater purpose. The honor displayed through a commemorative Flag Day appropriately allocates recognition for those that worked so hard in creating such a thought provoking and stately piece of work as a display of independence and patriotism.

So, on the next June 14th, our Flag Day, remember when placing your hand to your heart to show gratitude for what we have as being American citizens but to also truly feel what our flag stands for: independence and patriotism brought through some very reflective artwork.

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Flag Day History, Facts and Educational Resources

Add an educational twist to any birthday party, holiday celebration, or theme party.  Share the history of the Flag Day theme to the guests.  Play some free printable educational party games.  Shhh don't tell the kids that they are learning!

Flag Day in the U.S. celebrates the adoption of the flag of the United States of America, and its history dates back to 1916. This occurred when the Second Continental Congress was resolved in 1777.

President Woodrow Wilson proclaimed that June 14th would be Flag Day in 1916. And the nationwide holiday was established in August of 1949 by an Act of Congress.

Pennsylvania was the first and only state to celebrate Flag Day on June 14, 1937. Now, although not a federal holiday, it is celebrated in every state of the union. Quincy, Massachusetts celebrates by holding the longest-running parade on the day. This has been a practice since 1952. In Wisconsin, in 2009, their parade included the United States Navy. Troy, New York, celebrates with the largest parade in the nation, typically drawing over 50,000 spectators. And The Fairfield, Washington, Flag Day parade celebrated its Centennial parade this year, 2010, as its recognition actually began in 1910.

Some people who were instrumental in establishing this national holiday were: George Morris, in 1861, where the earliest reference of the day was stated and published in “Kansas, a Cyclopedia of State History”; in 1885, Bernard J. Cigrand worked as a teacher in Waubeka, Wisconsin, recognizing it in his school for the first time, and his promoted patriotism around the country, as well; William T. Kerr founded the American Flag Day Association in 1888, in Western Pennsylvania, and, in fact, he attended the signing of that Act of Congress which established the day’s observance; in 1893, the President of Colonial Dames of Pennsylvania, Ellizabeth Duane Gillespie tried to pass a resolution that would require the flag to be displayed on public buildings in Pennsylvania, and she was actually a descendant of Benjamin Franklin; and, of course, many people think of Betsy Ross on Flag Day. The Betsy Ross House has been Philadelphia’s site of observance on Flag Day for generations. Gather up some leftover brown packing boxes, wrap them in a matching theme color design and place them throughout the event space for instant decorations. Everyone does not drink alcohol, be inclusive when planning a get-together and have a choice of drinks that include non-alcoholic opinions. Gather up some leftover brown packing boxes, wrap them in a matching theme color design and place them throughout the event space for instant decorations. The history of Flag Day has different interpretations by each person, so use your own judgement. Share these facts with friends at a celebration.
The Party Supplies Hut has more free elementary educational teacher resources for Flag Day to use in the classroom for active learning to create lesson plans with trivia questions, games and fun activities.

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