The stars & stripes were first adopted as national symbols on this day in 1777.  John Adams introduced the resolution before the Continental Congress, wherein, "the flag of the thirteen United States shall be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the Union be thirteen stars, white on a  blue field, representing a new constellation."

Tip:  Fly those flags today!  And make sure everyone in your neighborhood has a flag to fly by making flags at home that can be placed in windows.  Crayons, colored pencils or markers on paper will do or try using colored construction paper, colored tissue paper, star-shaped cookie cutters to trace the stars, colored streamers, pipe cleaners, or anything else you and your child deem appropriate for use on a flag.  You just never know what might appear to be trash to you could be a treasure for your child!  Create the flags just as John Adams described, explaining to your child the importance of each element.  Focus on counting with your littlest flag maker and the significance of the elements with your older flag maker.  Enjoy bringing smiles to the faces of your neighbors when, together, you present them with a flag made just as carefully as our Founding Fathers did many years ago.