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Downtown Turns Red, White, and Blue

Downtown Tucson merchants display patriotic decor for Flag Day, other holidays

Downtown merchants dressed up their display windows, facades and light poles with Old Glory and patriotic decorations in celebration of Flag Day and other holidays later this summer.

On Wednesday, June 14, the public is welcome to a Flag Day party from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the courtyard of Johnny Gibson’s Downtown Market at 11 S. Sixth Ave. The festivities include speakers and music.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation establishing Flag Day. Congressional legislation designating June 14 as Flag Day was signed into law by President Harry S. Truman in 1949.

“We are so excited because this is the first time since I have been downtown in 23 years that we are decorating it in red, white and blue and celebrating American patriotism,” said Margo Susco, co-owner of Hydra Clothing Boutique at 145 E. Congress St.

Susco is a member of the Downtown Merchants Special Events Committee that organized the three-month celebrations and are displaying 150 American flags and patriotic decor on downtown streets. Flags for the Flagless, a nonprofit organization that provides flags to schools, homeowners, groups and businesses, donated the flags to the merchants.

To read the full article by Carmen Duarte of Arizona Daily Star, click here.