Fun with Flag Day Foods
Popsicle Stick Flag (Wall Hanging and Puzzle)
Paint some jumbo craft sticks and make a Flag Day wall hanging that can also be used as a puzzle.
Click on the image and print the list of supplies you will need, the complete step-by-step directions with photos, and even an example of how a finished flag might look to post on your bulletin board or show your crafters. Also includes instructions for making the flag into a puzzle.
Everything you need to complete the project is included in one PDF file!
Flag Day Puzzles
Make copies of the puzzles below and pass them out during your Flag Day celebrations.
Flag Day Trivia
What do you call a person who is an expert on flags? Who placed the American flag on the moon? Can you wear a small cloth replica of the flag on the seat of your pants? Pass out some American flags and enjoy some Flag Day trivia.
Click on the image and print the 26 Flag Day trivia questions and answers.
Flag Day Discussion
How much do you know about Old Glory? Check out usflag.org for everything you need to plan a Flag Day discussion.
- What do the Colors of the Flag mean?
- How did the flag become known as "Old Glory"?
- What did the American flag look like in 1819? Check out the Directory of Historic and Current Flags of America and find out.
- How much do you know about Betsy Ross? What did the Betsy Ross Flag look like?
- Did you know that a schoolteacher came up with the idea for Flag Day? Check out the History of Flag Day and the Evolution of the Flag for more.
- Should the flag ever be used for any advertising purpose? Check out Flag Etiquette for the answer.
Flag Folding Ceremony
In the Armed Forces, the flag is lowered daily at the last note of retreat. Special care is taken that no part of the flag touches the ground. The flag is then carefully folded into the shape of a tri-cornered hat, emblematic of the hats worn by colonial soldiers during the war for independence. In the folding, the red and white stripes are eventually wrapped into the blue, symbolizing the light of day vanishing into the darkness of night.
This custom of special folding is reserved for the United States flag alone. Plan a special flag folding ceremony for Flag Day.
- Print a copy of the folding instructions.
- Ask someone to read the symbolism of each step as the flag is being folded (courtesy of 1st Sgt. Joseph R. Curley USMC retired).
- If you want, say the Pledge of Allegiance before beginning the folding ceremony.
- Conclude your program by singing "You're a Grand Old Flag." (See below.)
You're a Grand Old Flag
On June 2, 1906, "You're a Grand Old Flag," written by George M. Cohan, was trademark registered. It is the perfect patriotic song for your Flag Day celebrations.
Props & Preparations:
- Print a copy of the original sheet music for the song. If you have someone who plays the piano, ask them to perform it for the group.
- Print copies of the complete lyrics so everyone can sing the song.
- Download a recording of the song by the Coast Guard Band . (See our Music page if you are not sure how to download music.)
About the song:
"You're a Grand Old Flag" was written by George M. Cohan for a 1906 stage musical, George Washington, Jr. The song was introduced to the public in the play's first act on opening night, February 6, 1906, in New York's Herald Square Theater.
The original lyrics came, as Cohan later explained, from an encounter he had with a Civil War veteran who fought at Gettysburg. Cohan noticed the vet held a carefully folded but ragged old flag. The man reportedly turned to Cohan and said, "She's a grand old rag." Cohan thought it was a great line and originally named his tune "You're a Grand Old Rag." Many groups and individuals objected to calling the flag a rag, however, so he "gave 'em what they wanted" and switched words, renaming the song "You're a Grand Old Flag."
It was in George Washington, Jr. that Cohan worked out a routine with this song that he would repeat in many subsequent shows. He took an American flag, started singing the patriotic song, and marched back and forth across the stage. Cohan's "You're a Grand Old Flag" soon spread beyond the stage, through sheet music and records, to the homes and street corners of America. It was the first song from a musical to sell over a million copies of sheet music.
Other Flag Day Ideas & Resources
Poster and Clip Art
Check out our Poster page for a special Flag Day poster you can print and post. It is available in two different sizes – 8.5" X 11" and 11" X 17".
In addition to the images on this page, check out our Clip Art page for more.
Play a game of bingo with FLAGS Bingo cards, which you can purchase for only $9.95 from Activity Basket. There are 35 different cards (printed on high quality, coated, thick cover stock paper), along with instructions and game ideas.
Flag Day Bulletin Board Border
Print copies of this American flags border, cut out the segments, and use them to decorate a special bulletin board for Flag Day.
- Make mini flags. Print copies of these two mini flags—one wavy and one straight-edged. Cut them out, fold them around a dowel or straw, and glue.
- Throw a Flag Day Party.
Other Online Resources