The first American holiday: Independence Day; The Fourth of July. All over the United States the Star Spangled Banner will be fluttering in the breeze. Ol’ Glory certainly will make an appearance here in Williamsburg barbecues and parades, but being a colonial town, thirteen stripes and fifty stars will not suffice. Heck, not even thirteen stars and thirteen stripes. Why settle on one flag design when there are so many to choose from?
When you visit the Cedars, you may see any number of flags (international or state) that are flying on specific dates (it’s becoming a little something of an identity game for locals). Often we fly the Virginia flag. Our commonwealth has one of the oldest flag designs and its blue background fits well on our brick walls. And while I think the Virginia Flag is wholly appropriate for July 4th (after all, it was 13 colonies that claimed to be states, not one giant country called the United States), there are just too many great flags that we can fly in its stead.
This Independence Day, we’ll be flying a different flag: the Union Taunton Flag. It was first used in 1774 when Taunton, Massachusetts residents erected the flag in protest to what they saw as, “The wrongs and injuries offered to the English colonies in general… through the unjust claims of A British Parliament and the Machiavellian policy of a British ministry.”
The Taunton Flag is appropriately our first Fourth of July flag as owners of the Cedars because it was in many ways the progenitor of Revolutionary War flags to come. So all you vexillologists out there, why not come by and take a look or at the very least, join us for breakfast and where we can be at liberty to fly any flag we please without retribution.
Happy Independence Day!
“…the last hope of human liberty in this world rests on us. we [sic] ought, for so dear a stake, to sacrifice every attachment and every enmity.”