• Currier & Ives lithograph depicting the bombardment of Fort Sumter

    Fort Sumter

    National Monument South Carolina

Flag Day 2012

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Date: June 11, 2012
Contact: Bill Martin, (843) 883-3123 x 11

Fort Sumter National Monument will celebrate the 96th anniversary of Flag Day with free activities at Fort Moultrie on Thursday, June 14 from 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM. 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.

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.

All of the Flag Day activities will take place outside of the fort and are free of charge. Visitors may also tour Fort Moultrie by paying the entrance fee of $3 per adult or $5 per family.

Fort Moultrie is administered by the National Park Service as a unit of Fort Sumter National Monument. Located at 1214 Middle Street, Sullivan's Island, South Carolina, the fort and visitor center are open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM except for New Year's, Thanksgiving, and Christmas Days. For more information call (843) 883-3123.

Did You Know?

Artist's rendition of the opening shot of the American Civil War with Fort Sumter in the distance.

The first shot of the American Civil War didn't hit anything. It was a 10-inch mortar shell, fired from Fort Johnson, that exploded above Fort Sumter as a signal for Confederate artillery to open fire on the Union-held fort. Fort Sumter National Monument, SC