September features few dates to fly the U.S. flag in an average year. Labor Day is the only national holiday. Only California joined the union in a past September, so that’s the only statehood date. Gold Star Mothers Day had fallen out of regular honors, until our two wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.
School reform efforts after 2000 turned to adding patriotism to the curriculum. Most states now require something be said about the Constitution in social studies classes, and that has increased focus on Constitution Day on September 17. On September 17, 1787, the convention in Philadelphia signed and formally transmitted the proposed Constitution to the 2nd Continental Congress, with a plan that each state would call a convention of citizens to ratify the document; when citizens of at least 9 states ratified, the document entered into force.
Attacks on the U.S. on September 11, 2001, led to a new day honoring patriots, on that day of the month every year.
The dates are few, but the sobriety and somberness are great.
Here are the dates to fly the U.S. flag in September 2018. In order:
- Labor Day, first Monday in September, September 3 in 2018
- California statehood, September 9 (1850, the 31st state)
- National Patriot Day, September 11
- Constitution Day, September 17
- Gold Star Mothers Day, last Sunday in September, September 30 in 2018
- General information and non-chronological lists of all U.S. flag-flying dates
- Stars and Stripes first flew in battle on September 3, 1777, in a skirmish at Cooch’s Bridge, Maryland; American forces lost the battle