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Pledge of Allegiance Day

Show your patriotism on Pledge of Allegiance Day - take a moment to reflect and remember the values that make our country great!
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Introduction

Let's celebrate Pledge of Allegiance Day on Dec. 28 by taking the time to recognize and honor our country! The Pledge of Allegiance was originally written in 1892 by Francis Bellamy, a Christian socialist minister. It is meant as an expression of loyalty to the United States and has been recited daily in schools, at public events and in government meetings ever since its creation. Show your patriotism this year on National Pledge of Allegiance Day!

History of Pledge of Allegiance Day

Pledge of Allegiance Day Dates

Pledge of Allegiance Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1892</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pledge of Allegiance Created</div><div class='timeline-text'>Francis Bellamy, a Christian socialist minister, penned the initial version of the Pledge of Allegiance.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1923</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Phrase Changes</div><div class='timeline-text'>The phrase "the Flag of the United States" was added to emphasize loyalty to the nation over individual states.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1942</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Formal Adoption</div><div class='timeline-text'>U.S. Congress formally adopted the Pledge of Allegiance, setting its daily recitation in schools and at government meetings.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1954</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>"Under God" Addition</div><div class='timeline-text'>During the Cold War's religious revival, the phrase "under God" was added to differentiate the U.S. from "godless communism".</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1978</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Pledge of Allegiance Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>The U.S. started to officially recognize December 28 as Pledge of Allegiance Day, encouraging citizens to reaffirm their loyalty to the country.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate Pledge of Allegiance Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Recite the Pledge of Allegiance</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather your family and friends together to recite the Pledge of Allegiance.  It's a great way to honor this special day.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Fly the American flag</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Fly the American flag proudly in your yard or on your porch. Show your appreciation of the freedoms that we enjoy in this great country.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Learn about the history of the Pledge</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Research the history of the Pledge and learn why it is such an important part of our nation's history.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Visit a local monument</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Visit a local monument or memorial dedicated to those who have served our country and remember their service.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Teach your children the Pledge</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Teach your children the Pledge of Allegiance and help them understand why it is so important to our nation.</p></div></div>

Why We Love Pledge of Allegiance Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It promotes patriotism</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The Pledge of Allegiance is a powerful reminder of the importance of being an American citizen. It reminds us that we are part of something larger than ourselves and encourages us to stand up for freedom and justice. By standing together as one nation, united in our commitment to ideals of democracy and liberty, we can create a better future for generations to come.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It instills a sense of responsibility</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>The Pledge of Allegiance teaches us about responsibility — both for ourselves and for our country. We promise to remain faithful citizens, respecting the laws and traditions of our land; to actively work towards making this nation a better place; and to strive for justice and equality in all aspects of life. By taking the time each day to recite the Pledge of Allegiance, we demonstrate our respect for those who have sacrificed their lives in service to our nation.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>It brings people together</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Reciting the Pledge of Allegiance has long been used as a unifying moment — whether at school assemblies or before sporting events. It serves as an opportunity to show solidarity with each other, regardless of religion, race, gender, or political views. When everyone's voice joins together in words, “…One Nation under God, indivisible…” it creates a unique feeling of unity among Americans from coast to coast.</p></div></div>

5 Unveiled Facts for Pledge of Allegiance Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Salute during Pledge of Allegiance has changed over time</h3><p class='facts-content'>Originally, pledgers saluted with their right hand over their heart during only a portion of the Pledge. For the rest, they extended their arm towards the flag in a "Bellamy salute." This was changed in 1942 due to similarities to the Nazi salute.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The first Pledge of Allegiance Day was celebrated in 1978</h3><p class='facts-content'>December 28, 1978 was the first official observation of Pledge of Allegiance Day. The holiday encourages citizens to not only recite but reflect on the words and their commitment towards the country.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Francis Bellamy wasn't the only author of the Pledge</h3><p class='facts-content'>While Francis Bellamy wrote the original pledge, his cousin Edward Bellamy, a noted author, contributed ideas and edits in its development.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The Flag Code guides Pledge etiquette</h3><p class='facts-content'>The U.S. Flag Code establishes rules for the proper conduct while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance, including standing at attention, facing the flag, and removing hats.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Initial resistance to 'under God'</h3><p class='facts-content'>The addition of 'under God' was not universally accepted and sparked numerous lawsuits challenging its constitutionality, arguing that it violated the separation of church and state.</p></div></div>

Pledge of Allegiance Day FAQs

When is Pledge of Allegiance Day?

Pledge of Allegiance Day is celebrated on December 28 every year. In 2024 Pledge of Allegiance Day will occur on a Saturday.

Pledge of Allegiance Day Dates

Year
Date
Day

2023

Dec 28

Thursday

2024

Dec 28

Saturday

2025

Dec 28

Sunday

2026

Dec 28

Monday

2027

Dec 28

Tuesday

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