Flag Day—June 14
What we know fondly as the “Stars and Stripes” was adopted by the Continental Congress as the official American flag on June 14, 1777, in the midst of the Revolutionary War. Colonial troops fought under many different flags with various symbols and slogans—rattlesnakes, pine trees, eagles, “Don’t Tread on Me,” “Liberty or Death,” and “Conquer or Die,” to name a few.
The first flag had 13 stars on a blue field and 13 alternating red and white stripes for the 13 original colonies. Now there are 50 stars, one for each state in the Union, but the 13 stripes remain. Flag Day was first celebrated in 1877, on the flag’s 100th birthday.
See Dos and Don’ts for the U.S. Flag.
This festive Red, White, and Blue Cheesecake is the perfect dessert for celebrating any patriot holiday!
In Hawaii, Friday, June 11, is King Kamehameha Day, a public holiday. Who was King Kamehameha? Find out.
You may know about the major holidays; here are some Almanac oddities: facts, folklore, and traditions to celebrate throughout the year.
Planning any painting jobs? Refinishing the deck? Don’t wait for the cool days of fall to start your outside paint job. There may be too much rain then. The best time to paint is during a run of decent, hot weather—the heat dries out the wood, which is the way you want it for painting. When painting on a hot day, stay in the shade as much as possible. It’s better for your paint job and easier on you.
See our pointers on How to Choose and Use Paintbrushes.
I meant to do my work today,
But a brown bird sang in the apple tree,
And a butterfly flitted across the field,
And all the leaves were calling me.
–Richard Le Gallienne (1866–1947)
Pet Food Recipes
We’re looking for pet food recipes to publish on Almanac.com.
Please share your own homemade recipe!
Include your name so that we can give you credit. We’ll also give away a bundle of Almanac products to one winning recipe.
Thank you! Click here to submit.
Great Almanac Giveaway
Check out this month’s prize:
Hello Cupcake bag, 2 books; Hello, Cupcake! and What’s New, Cupcake?, an offset spatula, sprinkles, Ziploc bags, food coloring and some other goodies.