Fly your flag for South Carolina’s statehood on May 23.
South Carolina is one of the original 13 colonies who banded together, first to fight for independence from Britain, and then to create the United States of America. “Statehood Day” for the 13 original members is the anniversary of the date that colony ratified the Constitution.
South Carolina’s convention of citizens ratified the constitution on May 23, 1788 — the 8th state to do so. A three-fourths, 75% majority put the Constitution into operation; 75% was 9 states. While South Carolina’s ratification technically didn’t become viable until one more state joined in, we give South Carolina a pass, so they can celebrate.
The U.S. Flag Code urges residents of a state to fly U.S. flags on the anniversary of that state’s statehood. I gather South Carolina doesn’t do much to celebrate statehood.
- South Carolina facts at Enchanted Learning
- Flag-Stomping South Carolina Teacher Gets $85K to Not Sue (insurancejournal.com)
- Outline of South Carolina (en.wikipedia.org)
- Fly your flag April 28: Maryland statehood day (timpanogos.wordpress.com)
- April 30 – Fly flags for Louisiana Statehood (timpanogos.wordpress.com)