ALBANY, N.Y. -- Flag Day, observed on June 14th, commemorates the date in which the Continental Congress approved the design for the first national flag of the United States in 1777.
The U.S. Congress permanently established the date as National Flag Day in 1949.
The American flag, affectionately called "Old Glory," consists of 50 white stars representing states of the union on a blue canton, with 13 alternating stripes -- 7 red and 6 white-- representing the original 13 states. The last star was added to the flag when Hawaii became a state on July 4, 1960.
It is widely believed that the first flag was sewn together by Betsy Ross in 1776.