* *Who made the first flag? * Betsy Ross or Francis Hopkinson? * Flag Act passed in 1777 * 13 stripes and 13 stars *Today’s Flag: * 13 stripes and 50 starsAndee Duncan, Stars and Stripes, April 14, 2008 via Flickr, CreativeCommons Attribution-NonCommercial.
*Our national birdOfficially recognized in 1782Not actually bald Parry, American Bald Eagle, January 30, 2010 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike.
**First published July 6, 1916*1917-1918: 4 million copies printed*Named after Samuel Wilson Jeanot, Uncle Sam (pointing finger), September 27, 2005 via Wikipedia, Public Domain.
* Shubert Ciencia, The White House (Washington DC), August 11, 2008 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution.*President’s house*1600 Pennsylvania Avenue*1800: John Adams moved in*132 rooms, 35 bathrooms, 8 staircases.
**A gift from France*Dedicated on October 28, 1886*Icon for freedom, liberty, and democracy*Statue of Liberty Enlightening the World Adam Fagen, Statue of Liberty, July 24, 2007 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial- ShareAlike.
* *Fixed 3 times *Finally left the bell cracked *It rang for: * First reading of the Declaration of Independence.Tony the Misfit, Philadelphia: “Proclaim LIBERTY throughout theland”, April 18, 2008 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution.
* *Philadelphia, Pennsylvania *Declaration of Independence and Constitution written *Housed the Liberty Bell *Known as Philadelphia State HouseHarshLight, Independence Hall, July 16, 2006 via Flickr,Creative Commons Attribution.
* *Approved June 20, 1782 *Benjamin Franklin, John Adams, Thomas Jefferson *Found on one dollar bill *“Out of many, one”PatriciaR, US Great Seal-Observe, September 5, Ipankonin, US Great Seal Reverse, January 25, 2008 via2008 via Wikipedia, Public Domain. Wikipedia, Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike.
* *Also called Washington’s Birthday *3rd Monday of February *1885: Became a federal holiday *Now celebrates Abraham Lincoln as wellRobert Huffstutter, Gilbert Stuart Williamstown Portrait of GeorgeWashington, September 8, 2009 via Flickr, Creative CommonsAttribution-NonCommercial.
**July 4, 1776:Declaration of Independence passed*Celebrates our independence*Today: fireworks and parties Kevin Myers, Spirit of ’76, February 9, 2005 via Wikipedia, Public Domain.
* Stephencole2, Scene at the Signing of the Constitution of the United States, March 1, 2010 via Wikipedia, Public Domain.*September 17th*Celebrates creation of the U.S. Constitution*Constitution signed September 17, 1787
* *Celebrates Martin Luther King Jr.’s birth *3rd Monday in January *He was a civil rights leadercaboindex, Martin Luther King, August 20, 2007 via Flickr,Creative Commons Attribution. *Also known as Civil Rights Day
* *Decoration Day *Remembrance for soldiers who have died *Last Monday in May *Ceremony at Arlington NationalChairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Photo from Arlington National Cemetery, CemeteryMay 31, 2010 via Flickr, Creative Commons Attribution.
**1st Monday in September*Celebrates achievements of American workers*Federal holiday in 1894*Today: parades, parties, athletic events bluekdesign, Fort Calhoun Band, September 7, 2009 via Flickr, Creative Commons Atrribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike.
**The U.S. has many famous symbols*They are important parts of our culture*The holidays are important as well*Holidays celebrate important events and people