To help celebrate Flag Day, here are three pretty cool facts about Old Glory:
There is a right and wrong way to display the flag. There's an entire section of the U.S. Code devoted to rules about the flag. Among those are quite a few about the proper way to display the flag. There are ones that most people seem to know, such as the rule that flags should never be flown at night unless they're illuminated and shouldn't be flown during inclement weather unless specifically made to be weatherproof. There are also a few rules that you may not know. Those American flag pants that people like to bust out every Fourth of July? The flag code says that those and any other kind of American flag apparel are a no-go.
The stripes have meaning too. Everyone probably knows that the 50 stars on the current flag represent the 50 states of the union, with Hawaii being the last star added on July 4, 1960 (the state joined the union in 1959, but the Flag Code specifies that new stars be added to the flag on the next Fourth of July). However, what you may not realize is that the stripes on the flag have a significance as well: The 13 horizontal stripes represent the 13 original colonies represented on the very first flag.