If you didn’t get a chance to attend any Flag Day festivities this past weekend, don’t worry: There are still a few celebrations this week to get into the patriotic spirit.
Honoring the adoption of the flag of the United States, Flag Day is celebrated every year on June 14. Each year since 1916, the president has issued a proclamation encouraging citizens to fly the U.S. flag during the week of Flag Day.
Though it is not an official national holiday, many Flag Day celebrations take place across the country, including the largest Flag Day parade in the country held in Troy, which took place this past Sunday.
The American flag will continue to be honored throughout the week. There will be a Flag Day ceremony at 6 p.m. today at the Clifton Park Elks Lodge on 695 MacElroy Road, where people can honor and learn more about the history of the Stars and Stripes.
There will also be a ceremony today at the Cohoes/Waterford Elks Lodge, 45 North Mohawk St. in Cohoes, at 6:30 p.m. Hot dogs and refreshments will be served.
The Schoharie American Legion Auxiliary’s Flag Day ceremony will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday at Veterans Park at the corner of Main and Spring streets.
A special ceremony for retiring used flags will be performed with the assistance of local Boy Scout Troop 4. Anyone with a flag to be retired can bring it to the ceremony or place it in the box located at NBT Bank’s Schoharie branch or the Schoharie Post Office.
In Mechanicville, the Mechanicville-Stillwater Elks Lodge No. 1403 on Park Avenue will hold a flag ceremony at 11 a.m. Saturday. A reception will follow and the public is welcome.
Flag Day parades will also take place this week, including the 13th annual Burnt Hills-Ballston Lake Community Flag Day Parade on Thursday. The parade will step off at 7 p.m. and will temporarily shut down part of Route 50 until 8:30 p.m. as it travels from Kingsbury Road to Forest Road.
On Saturday, Saratoga Springs will be hosting the annual Elks Flag Day Parade, one of the largest Flag Day parades in the area, starting at noon. The parade will begin on North Broadway and end at Congress Park.