In an effort to support New York City’s Public Health Efforts, SRNY won’t be gathering for the annual Flag Day parade and ceremony in front of the Museum in 2020.
While our traditional Flag Day Parade, Celebration, and Open House could not occur this year in lower Manhattan due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have chosen to commemorate Flag Day with a brief video featuring members of the SRNY leadership. While this is no substitute for our annual festivities, we encourage all of you to reflect upon the country and what the flag means to you at a time when the words of our Pledge of Allegiance, “indivisible, with liberty and justice for all,” are more relevant than ever:
SRNY looks forward to welcoming the public to the Flag Day Parade, Celebration, and Open House in 2021. Check back soon for more information. In the meantime, explore the history of the SRNY Flag Day festivities and view photos from the 2019 celebration on the Fraunces Tavern Museum website.
About Flag Day
Flag Day commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. While not a federal holiday, this special day is observed across the nation, from small towns to big cities, often with parades. Since 1916, Sons of the Revolution in the State of New York has hosted the Flag Day Parade, Celebration, and Open House here in New York City.
The parade is one of the longest running parades in our city, and in its early years, one of the largest. Thousands of marchers participate from organizations such as the NYPD, FDNY, civic associations, veterans groups, various historical societies, and most importantly, New York City public schools. Along the Parade route the marchers distribute small American flags to passersby. The Parade ends at the Grandstand at the corner of Broad and Pearl, just outside the steps of Fraunces Tavern, beneath a four-story American flag hanging from the Museum’s façade.
At the Grandstand where various local dignitaries, military veterans, and local community leaders gather, the “What the American Flag Means to Me” essay contest winners read their essays and receive their prizes. Songs are performed by school children, and brief remarks are made honoring “Old Glory” and the parade supporters.