Flag Day: The Hudson Valley’s County Flags and the History Behind Their Emblems

A banner day: An in-depth look at the Valley’s flags. PLUS: Troy’s Flag Day Parade

Parade photograph by Mike Carey

June 14 — the date that America officially adopted the Stars and Stripes as her flag in 1777 — is known as Flag Day, the day the nation sets aside each year to honor our star-spangled banner. With this celebration just around the corner, we take a closer look at seven of the Valley’s county flags and the meaning of their symbols.

See the gallery below for each county flag and the story behind it.

Troy Flag Day Parade

The city of Troy again hosts the largest Flag Day Parade in the nation. Back for its 46th year, the parade begins at Main Street and ends near the Green Island Bridge. This year, the festivities begin at 1 p.m. on June 9; more than 70 organizations (veterans, firemen, police, colleges, etc.) are slated to march with American flags, and 57,000 spectators are expected to watch the spectacle.


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