August 19 is National Aviation Day. In federal law, the day is designated for flying the flag (36 USC 1 § 118).
August 19 is the anniversary of the birth of Orville Wright, usually credited with being on the team with his brother Wilbur who successfully built and flew the first heavier-than-air flying machine.
Celebrate? The White House issued no proclamation for 2016, but you may fly your flag anyway.
- If you’re near Kittyhawk, North Carolina, you might drive to Wright Brothers National Park and join in the festivities there co-sponsored by the First Flight Society. Activities include parachute jumping and a flyover.
- AOPA, the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, has a fly-in at Bremerton National Airport in Bremerton, Washington. Their press release suggests a lot of activities you might want to participate in to celebrate aviation.
- Residents of Hawaii fly their flags on August 21, for Hawaii Statehood Day.