Today, Friday the 14th of June, is Lucy Hale and Donald Trump's birthday.
It also happens to be Flag Day and Bourbon Day, too. U-S-A! U-S-A!
Often overlooked, Flag Day is kind of like the awkward little brother of July 4, but regardless, today marks the anniversary of Old Glory itself!
On this date in 1775, the Continental Congress adopted a rag-tag band of men and boys who had started shooting at the British. The U.S. Army was born.
Exactly two years later, on June 14, 1777, the Stars and Stripes debuted!
The design of the flag is recognized as a symbol of the people: the red and white stripes represent the original 13 colonies, with a star for each new state.
Initially, there were only 13 stars as well, but that quickly changed.
Fundamentally then, and continuing to this day, the flag represents the unity of the people from every corner of the U.S. in their genuine desire for freedom.
As for Bourbon Day, that commemoration is slightly newer.
It's not just because people enjoy drinking the smooth, Southern-bred product, nor totally out of place alongside Flag Day as a national event, however.
More than any other spirit, bourbon is an all-American drink. Congress itself staked national claim to it in 1964 as a “distinctive product of the United States.”
In recent years, the market for bourbon has surged (thank you Mad Men) with the popularity of both single-barrel and small batch bourbon rising.
So, let's raise a glass (and a flag) to both of these occasions!
And tell us: Which of the two would you rather ... celebrate?