Americans salute the flag during Flag Day, observed every year on June 14. On that day in 1777, the Continental Congress approved the stars and stripes design. More than a century later, President Woodrow Wilson issued a presidential proclamation declaring June 14 to be Flag Day.
This iconic symbol of American patriotism isn’t without its share of myths and controversy. For example, it is highly unlikely that Betsy Ross designed the first United States flag. In fact, the journals of the Continental Congress cite Francis Hopkinson, a congressman from New Jersey and signer of the Declaration of Independence, as the creator. These myths are the subject of a webcast given by authors Karal Ann Marling and Vincent Virga, who used the Library’s extensive collections for their books on American history.