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Citizens carrying a long Argentine flag during Flag Day 2006
Members of the Granaderos (Grenadiers' Regiment) parading during Flag Day 2006

The Day of the National Flag (in Spanish, Día de la Bandera Nacional) is the holiday dedicated to the Argentine flag and to the commemoration of its creator, Manuel Belgrano. It is celebrated on June 20, the anniversary of Belgrano's death in 1820. This date was designated in 1938. [1]

The main seat of the Flag Day commemorations is the National Flag Memorial, in Rosario, Santa Fe Province, where the flag was first hoisted on two artillery batteries in opposite banks of the Paraná River. (The flag was created on 27 February 1812, but that date is not officially marked in any way.) The celebration consists of a public meeting, speeches by the municipal and provincial authorities, the attendance of the President, and a parade including members of the military, veterans of the Falklands War, the police force, and a number of civilian organizations and associations.

Because of a law that moves most public holidays to the nearest Monday (in order to produce long weekends and thus encourage tourism), the nationally-kept off-work day and the actual celebration are often on two different days. Within the jurisdiction of Rosario, however, June 20 is always a non-working day for employees of the municipal and provincial administrations, and for all public and private schools.

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  1. ^ Día de la Bandera. Ministry of Education of Argentina. (Spanish)

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