• Birthplace of Flag Day - Waubeka, Wisconsin

      Roadtrip Attraction
      Stony Hill School is the site of the first ever birthday celebration for the 'Stars and Stripes,' the official U.S. flag. In 1885, a young teacher at this one-room schoolhouse chose June 14th to be the American flag's birthday, based on a similar proclamation by the Continental Congress in 1777. The celebration eventually led to Flag Day officially becoming a national observance in 1916.

      Photo by Michael Roth

      If you go:
      A festival celebrating Flag Day and a patriotic program and parade is held each year on the second Sunday of June. Waubeka is also home to the National Flag Day Foundation which sponsors the Americanism Center and museum.


      5595 County Hwy I
      Waubeka, Wisconsin 53021 USA

      Mailing address:
      National Flag Day Foundation
      Americanism Center
      W4200 Valley View Road
      Waubeka, WI 53021 USA

      Phone Numbers:

      National Flag Day Foundation
      (262) 692-9111

      Ozaukee County Historical Society
      (262) 377-4510

      Comments 2 Comments
      1. Mark Sedenquist's Avatar
        Mark Sedenquist -
        I had never thought about where Flag Day got its start, but I would've guessed some place in New England.... Interesting to learn otherwise.
      1. Midwest Michael's Avatar
        Midwest Michael -
        Honestly, I had no I either until I drove by it a couple weeks ago! It was a perfect case of a roadtrip discovery, where I was just out taking in some backroads when I stumbled upon it.