January 4, 2018
I don’t think I ever knew anyone in Utah who had a Utah state flag.
But on Utah Statehood Day, the Flag Code says to fly the U.S. flag, so it’s okay.
Giant U.S. flag flies over Grovecreek Canyon, near Pleasant Grove, Utah (July 4, 2016). KSL News photo by Devan Dewey
Utah’s statehood came on January 4, 1896, after 49 years of attempts to join the union.
Utah is also one of those states that actually celebrates statehood day. The government calendar starts on January 4, the day new officials are sworn into office.
I chose the photo above partly because it demonstrates Utahns unusual love for the U.S. flag, and partly because it’s from my Utah hometown of Pleasant Grove. Not sure why they chose Grovecreek Canyon for this display — I think it would have been more spectacular a few miles south, at the mouth of Battlecreek Canyon, with a better view of Mt. Timpanogos in the background.
Happy 122nd birthday, Utah.
Utah Highways magazine caption for the video:
Utah Valley is very patriotic – sort of like Texas except that Texas doesn’t have mountains large enough to fly the largest flag ever flown in the U.S.! (According to http://followtheflag.org/) This flag is over 1/4 acre in size – that’s bigger than the lot my house sits on. See this flag for yourself until July 10 in the mouth of Grove Creek Canyon (http://utahhighways.com/utah-hiking/g…) above Pleasant Grove, Utah.
January 3, 2018
Late for me to remind you, if you didn’t, but January 3 is Alaska’s Statehood Day. Alaskans should have flown their U.S. flags today in commemoration.
Of course, some people would like to fly their state flags, too — makes more sense, some say. I don’t argue, but I note that very rarely do I come across some household that has a state flag. Most homes have a U.S. flag.
Alaska’s flag is a work of art, though, and many Alaskans have one. Did you fly it today, if you have one?
December 28, 2017
The 2004 commemorative Iowa quarter-dollar pays homage to Iowa’s great artist son, Grant Wood, and the prairie school house, with a motto for Iowa, “Foundation in Education.” Wood’s painting is “Arbor Day,” showing students and a teacher planting a tree outside a one-room schoolhouse. Image from the Littleton Coin Company.
Iowans fly their flags today in celebration of the anniversary of Iowa statehood. Iowa’s admission to the Union came on December 28, 1846; Iowa is the 29th state admitted.
The Flag Code, 4 USC §6 (d), notes that the U.S. flag may be flown on “the birthdays of States (date of admission),” in addition to the other score of dates specifically written into law.
American Flag, Spencer, Iowa, 1996 – caption from the National Geographic Society: A man rolls up U.S. flags at the end of the Clay County Fair in Spencer, Iowa. “Although the population of Spencer is only about 12,000, the fair draws some 300,000 visitors. Once a year, rising from the endless flatness of the Iowa countryside, a crowd forms—to stroll, to hear big country music acts like the Statler Brothers, to sell a grand champion boar, to buy a new silo.” (Photographed on assignment for, but not published in, “County Fairs,” October 1997, National Geographic magazine) Photograph by Randy Olson; copyright National Geographic Society. Just a great photo.
November 22, 2017
U.S. flag flew in at least one spot in North Carolina on statehood day, November 21, 2017. Photo at Chimney Rock State Park, outside of Asheville, North Carolina, near U.S. Highway 64/74A, on the Rocky Broad River. History.com image.
Staff at Millard Fillmore’s Bathtub do not always stay ahead of flag flying days. November 21 is North Carolina’s statehood day, and MFB missed noting that earlier.
Looking back, we wonder: Does anyone in North Carolina celebrate North Carolina’s statehood?
Newspapers, television and radio, and other media did not note any celebration, if it occurred. Do North Carolinians fly their U.S. flags on November 21, for statehood day?
North Carolina became the 12th state, ratifying the Constitution on November 21, 1789.
If you’re in North Carolina, did you fly your flag on Statehood Day?
U.S. 25-cent piece commemorating North Carolina, in the series honoring all 50 states. The design follows John T. Daniels’s iconic photo of the first well-documented heavier-than-air flying machine flight, by the Wright Brothers, at Kittyhawk, North Carolina, in 1903.
Notes from Twitter:
November 2, 2017
North Dakota’s commemorative quarter depicts the American bison, perhaps the quintessential prairie symbol.
South Dakota’s commemorative quarter interestingly focuses on human alterations to the area — the carved presidential busts on Mt. Rushmore, wheat introduced by immigrant farmers, and the Chinese pheasant, an exotic species introduced for hunting.
Residents of North Dakota and South Dakota should fly their U.S. flags today in honor of their states’ being admitted to the union, on November 2, 1889.
Most sites note simply that both states were admitted on the same day; some sites, especially those that lean toward North Dakota, claim that state is Number 39, because President Harrison signed their papers first, after shuffling to avoid playing favorites.
Does anyone really care?
How much do you really know about the Dakotas?
Dakotans, fly your flags today in honor of statehood.
- Nick Estes in Indian Country Today notes the Standing Rock Sioux defense of the Missouri River against an oil pipeline continues a controversy at least as old as Dakota statehoods
- Minot Daily News story about important journalists in North Dakota history
- Minot Daily News story about colorful characters in the history of the Dakotas
- Mike Jacobs, retired publisher of the Grand Forks Herald, argues today’s issues in the Dakotas, especially oil pipeline and Indian lands show a need to resolve old issues, carefully
- Gov. Grand Rapids Argus-Leader of South Dakota pleads for treating people with respect, despite differences of opinion, gender, ethnicity, in
- Yankton Press & Dakotan carried the AP story on the statehood anniversary — Yankton is in South Dakota
- Huge festivities in South Dakota for the 125th anniversary won’t be repeated
- The Daily Journal in North Dakota claims that North Dakota is the 39th state, and South Dakota the 40th; President Benjamin Harrison is said to have shuffled the papers before he signed them, so as not to play favorites
Yes, this is mostly an encore post. Fighting ignorance requires patience. And, confess: Do you remember this post from last year?
August 1, 2017
U.S. flag on American Flag Mountain, near Taylor Park, Colorado. Photo from Hobo Jeepers.
August 1 is Colorado’s statehood day. Unlike many other states, Colorado actually celebrates the day.
More accurately, people of Colorado celebrate the day. It seems most Colorado residents are happy to be there, and take any excuse to celebrate their good fortune.
#ColoradoDay even trended on Twitter for time today.
Under the provisions of the U.S. Flag Code, residents of a state are invited to fly the U.S. flag on their state’s day of statehood. Colorado came into the Union on August 1, at the declaration of President U. S. Grant, in 1876. People of Colorado tend to favor Colorado’s flag for most displays, on Colorado Day.
How are others celebrating? Free admission to Colorado State Parks, for one.
Well, yes, every other state has a statehood day, but don’t look for this effusive outpouring of state pride for many others, including Texas.
July 26, 2017
Flags fly in July 2016 at Rockefeller Center, New York City. Photo by Ed Darrell; please use, with attribution.
New York became a state, historians say, on July 26, 1788, when the Constitution Ratification Convention for the colony approved the U.S. Constitution. Technically the nation did not yet exist, but in flag circles, we use the ratification date as the statehood day for the 18 original states.
Following the guide of the U.S. Flag Code, New Yorkers fly their U.S. flags today in honor of New York’s statehood.
- Next date to fly Old Glory: July 27 (tomorrow!) for Korean War Veterans Armistice Day.