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 17th, the Allen Heritage Guild will host an old-fashioned celebration of the 240th birthday of Flag Day at the Allen Heritage Village, 450 St Mary Drive, from 2 to 4 in the afternoon. Patriotic music will be played, homemade ice cream will be tasted, bikes will be decorated, and watermelon seeds will fly.
People interested in entering the ice cream contest will pay a $5 fee. Entries will be judged on flavor, consistency, and uniqueness. Prizes will be awarded. Guests may try the different ice creams after the contest.
Anyone can enter the bike, trike or wagon patriotic decorating contest for a $1 fee or tell of a good deed done that week. There will be a parade of the vehicles in the circle drive at the Village. Prizes will be awarded.
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 anthem.