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Stamp celebrating 50th Flag Day of the Faroe Islands

A flag day is a flag-related holiday, a day designated for flying a certain flag (such as a national flag) or a day set aside to celebrate a historical event such as a nation's adoption of its flag.

Flag days are usually codified in national statutes passed by legislative bodies or parliaments; however, in some countries a decree or proclamation by the head of state or chief executive can also order a flag day. The statute, or the proclamation or decree, may specify locations where flags are to be flown and how (for example, at full- or half-staff); alternatively, custom may prevail.[1] The Flag Day is naturally a flag flying day.

Specific flag days[edit]

Nations that are not broadly recognized sovereign states are shown in pink. Defunct states are highlighted in light grey.

State Subdivision Date Notes
 Abkhazia July 23 Republic Flag Day[2]
 Afghanistan, Islamic Republic of Asad 7 National Flag’s Day.[3][4] Asad corresponds to July – August.
 Albania November 28 Albanian Independence Day (Flag Day)[5]
 Argentina June 20 National Flag Day. Anniversary of the death of Manuel Belgrano, who created the current flag[6]
 Armenia June 15 Commemorates the day the law on the flag was passed, on June 15, 2006[7]
 Australia September 3 Commemorates the day the flag was first flown, on September 3, 1901[8]
 Azerbaijan November 9 National Flag Day[9]
 Bolivia August 17 Commemorates the creation of the Bolivian flag by law on August 17, 1825[10]
 Bosnia and Herzegovina  Republika Srpska September 15 Day of Serb Unity, Freedom and the National Flag, celebrated with Serbia[11]
 Brazil November 19 [12]
 Canada February 15 National Flag of Canada Day[13]
 Canada  Ontario May 21 [14]
 Quebec January 21 [15]
 Saskatchewan September 22 [16][17]
 Colombia August 7 Commemorates the Battle of Boyacá on August 7, 1819 and the creation of the Colombian flag on August 7, 1834[18]
 Denmark September 5 Commemorates Danish veterans[19]
 Denmark  Faroe Islands April 25 Commemorates the recognition of the flag by the British government on April 25, 1940[20]
 Ecuador September 26 Commemorates the adoption of the Ecuadorian flag on September 26, 1860[21]
 Estonia June 4 [22]
 Ethiopia First Monday of Tikimt Ethiopian month of Tikmit corresponds to October 11 – November 9[23][24]
 Finland Midsummer's Day [25]
 Finland  Åland Last Sunday of April April 24, 2022. For the next year, the date will be on April 30, 2023[26]
 Georgia January 14 Georgian State Flag Day[27]
 Greece October 27 Day before Ohi Day[28]
 Haiti May 18 Haitian Flag Day[29]
 Honduras September 1 June 14 before 1995[30]
 Hungary March 16 [31]
 India December 7 Armed Forces Flag Day[32]
 Italy January 7 Tricolour Day[33]
 Iraq  Kurdistan December 17 [34]
 Liberia August 24 [35]
 Lithuania January 1 [36]
 Mexico February 24 Flag Day in Mexico[37]
 Moldova April 27 [38]
 The Netherlands  Aruba March 18 National Anthem and Flag Day[39]
 Bonaire September 6 [40]
 Curaçao July 2 [41]
 Sint Maarten June 13 Commemorates the adoption of the flag on June 13, 1985[42]
 New Zealand  Tokelau October 22 [43]
 North Macedonia May 15 Unofficial[44]
 Panama November 4 [45]
 Paraguay August 14 [46][47]
 Peru June 7 Commemorates the Battle of Arica[48]
 Philippines May 28 Since 1994, the celebratory period is May 28 to June 12[49]
 Poland May 2 Polish National Flag Day[50]
 Portugal December 1 [51]
 Romania June 26 [52]
 Russia August 22 [53]
 Serbia September 15 Day of Serb Unity, Freedom and the National Flag, celebrated with Republika Srpska[11]
 Slovenia April 7 [54]
 Somalia October 12 Commemorates the adoption of the flag on October 12, 1954[55]
 Sweden June 6 Also celebrated as the National Day of Sweden since 1983[56][57]
 Tajikistan November 24 Celebrated since 2009[58]
 Thailand September 28 Celebrated since 2017[59]
 Turkmenistan May 18 State Flag and Constitution Day. Flag Day was originally separate from Constitution Day and celebrated on February 19, until the two holidays were combined in 2017[60]
 Ukraine August 23 Day of the National Flag[61]
 United Arab Emirates November 3 Flag Day (United Arab Emirates)[62]
 United States June 14 Flag Day (United States)[1]
 United States  Alaska July 9 [63]
 American Samoa April 17 Commemorates the date American Samoa first flew the US flag[64]
 Hawaii July 31 Celebrated since 1990[65]
 Maryland March 9 [66][67]
 Utah March 9 [68]
 U.S. Virgin Islands May 17 Commemorates the adoption of the flag on May 17, 1921[69]
 Venezuela August 3 Commemorates the first hoisting of the flag on August 3, 1806[70]

See also[edit]

Notes[edit]

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External links[edit]

  • Media related to Flag day at Wikimedia Commons