Flag Day in Liberia
In Liberia, National Flag Day is a holiday that’s observed every August 24th. This holiday commemorates the adoption of the Liberian Flag on August 24th, 1847. The Liberian Flag is designed with six red and five alternating white stripes. These eleven stripes represent one of the eleven Signers of the Declaration of Liberian Independence.
In the upper left corner is a blue field that features a single white star. This star represents freedom, while the red stripes represent those who have died during the struggle for independence, and the white stripes represent divine deliverance. This holiday is a public holiday in Liberia, so it’s a day off for the general population.
The History Of Flag Day In Liberia
On August 24, 1847, Liberia adopted its flag, but it would take another 68-years before the legislation would be passed that officially made Flag Day a public holiday in Liberia. That occurred on October 24, 1915, when the Liberian President signed the Flag Act into law. This established the 24th of August each year as National Flag Day.
Observing Flag Day In Liberia
On this day, Liberians enjoy their day off to come together in a mutual celebration of their national flag. It’s customary for parades to travel down the streets on this day and for people to hold miniature flags in their hands as the parade goes by. On this holiday, non-essential government agencies, schools, and businesses are closed.
Every year, the Liberian president also gives a speech that emphasizes the importance of the flag to the people of Liberia. People living in the country are also encouraged to raise the Liberian flag from their homes and from public buildings to give it the respect it deserves.