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“The Star-Spangled Banner” becomes the U.S. national anthem

March 3

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An event every year that begins at 12:00 am on day 3 of March, repeating indefinitely

On this day in 1931, the United States officially adopted “The Star-Spangled Banner” as its national anthem.

The song was penned in 1814, but gained greater meaning throughout the 19th century, becoming particularly impactful during and after the Civil War. Why? During the upheaval of the war, the American flag became an even more impactful symbol of national unity. By the end of the 1800s, “The Star-Spangled Banner” was a favorite in U.S. military ceremonies.

Did you know? The United States didn’t have a national anthem prior to 1931! Instead, Americans favored several patriotic (but unofficial) anthems as representative of our country, including “Hail Columbia”, “Yankee Doodle”, and “America the Beautiful.”


March 3
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