• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

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Free Programs for Flag Day

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Date: May 22, 2014
Contact: Bill Martin, (843) 883-3123 x11

Fort Sumter National Monument will celebrate the 98th anniversary of Flag Day with free activities at the Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center in downtown Charleston on Saturday, June 14th from 10:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m. Designed primarily for children and families, the activities will offer visitors the opportunity to learn about the heritage of the United States flag and other historical flags. Activities include coloring historical flags, designing your own flag, learning how to fold a flag, signal flag messages and others. All of the Flag Day activities will take place outdoors in a shaded area.


Although preceded by decades of history on a local and state level, Flag Day was first established nationally via Presidential Proclamation by President Woodrow Wilson on May 30, 1916 following several years of local and state celebrations of the United States Flag's history. Signed into law on August 3, 1949 by President Harry Truman, an act of Congress designated June 14 of each year as National Flag Day.

The Fort Sumter Visitor Education Center is administered by the National Park Service as a unit of Fort Sumter National Monument. Located at 340 Concord Street in Charleston, South Carolina, the visitor education center is open daily from 8:30 AM—5:00 PM except for New Year's, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Days. For more information call (843) 883-3123.

Did You Know?

42-pounder cannon, Model 1845, at Fort Sumter

The first Union shot of the Civil War was fired by Captain Abner Doubleday. He was the second senior officer at Fort Sumter, under Major Robert Anderson. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC