Celebrate Flag Day on June 14

Jun 11, 2011 at 9:09 a.m. ET

Celebrate Flag Day and kick off summer with a cookout that celebrates our country's flag and heritage. Get creative with your invitations, decorations and food choices to embody the spirit of the holiday. And learn something new and interesting about the flag!

Family with American flag

Grab your friends and family and throw a party that celebrates the adoption of the flag as the symbol of our country. Have a party filled with decorations, food, and games, all in the spirit of the holiday.


If you decide to send out invitations for your party you can find card stock with a flag, which you can print your party information on. You could also buy a bunch of small flags and tie the information to the stick -- or if it's not a lot of information, you could just write on the stick with a fine-point Sharpie.


Get tons of flag-themed streamers, plates, napkins and tablecloths from your local party supply store. You could also make your own flag banner with some yarn and red, blue, and white paper. Cut the paper into a triangle (flag shape), punching a hole in the paper, and tie them onto the yarn. You could even write interesting facts about Flag Day on some of the flags. A cute and easy centerpiece is a small glass jar filled with layers of red, white and blue jellybeans with small flags stuck in the middle.

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For the kids, collect some stones or small clay flower pots and set out paint so they can paint their own flags. Another fun project for kids (and adults) is to get some washable fabric paint and blank T-shirts and have them paint flags onto the T-shirt. For the adults you could play a trivia game about the history of the flag and the history of Flag Day.

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Try to stick to red, white and blue foods. A fruit salad with strawberries, blueberries, cherries and watermelon is festive and full of fruits that are at their peak in June. Hot dogs and hamburgers are a good option for something that is quick and easy to make for large groups of people. Other ideas for sides include white corn, potato salad, Jell-O cut into star shapes, and red pepper strips with hummus for dipping. For the cake, bake your favorite sheet cake, top with white frosting and use sliced strawberries and blueberries to make the stars and stripes.

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Keep the drinks -- alcoholic and non-alcoholic -- fun by keeping them red, white and blue and giving them Flag Day-inspired names. For example, the red on the flag represents valor, so in front of a pitcher of red drink put a little card that says Valor Punch. The white represents purity and the blue represents perseverance.

Fast flag facts

The flag cannot dip to anyone and is not supposed to touch the ground.

If you fly your flag at night it must be well-lit.

According to the national Flag Act, a flag is a flag -- not clothes, a bedspread or anything else.

The Flag Act was passed June 14, 1777, establishing that the flag be 13 alternating red and white stripes and white stars on a field of blue, representing each state.

Red is for hardiness and valor, white is for purity and innocence, and blue is for perseverance, vigilance and justice.

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