The first celebration of the U.S. Flag's birthday was held in 1877 on the 100th anniversary of the Flag Resolution of 1777. However, it is believed that the first annual recognition of the flag's birthday dates back to 1885 when school teacher, BJ Cigrand, first organized a group of Wisconsin school children to observe June 14 - the 108th anniversary of the official adoption of The Stars and Stripes as the Flag's Birthday. Cigrand, now known as the 'Father of Flag Day,' continued to publically advocate the observance of June 14 as the flag's 'birthday', or 'Flag Day' for years.
On June 16th, the Allen Heritage Guild will host an old-fashioned celebration of the birthday of Flag Day at the Allen Heritage Village, 450 St Mary Drive, from 1 to 3 in the afternoon. Patriotic music will be played, and games will be played on the Green at the Heritage Village.
The old fashioned games played on the Green are jump rope, top spinning, roll a hoop, croquet and corn row games.
A watermelon seed spitting contest will conclude the day. Anyone may enter. Prizes will be awarded.
The Wetsel and Lynge houses will be open for tours at intervals.
Come join us for a fun, old-fashioned celebration of our nation’s flag.