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American Flags

We have the finest collection of American made US flags.  We carry all sizes of 100% Nylon, 2-Ply Polyester, Heavy Cotton Bunting for ceremonies, and our Heritage line of Antique Flags.  All are made out of the finest American made materials and are crafted to last, while still offering the beauty you would expect from the highest quality US Flags.  

History of the American Flag

The American Flag is comprised of 13 alternating red and white horizontal stripes, with a blue canton containing 50 white, 5 pointed stars. Otherwise known as the Stars and Stripes, Star Spangled Banner, or Old Glory, the American flag combines both old and new. The 50 stars represent the current number of states in the Union, while the 13 bands stand for the 13 colonies which declared independence from the United Kingdom in 1776.

Since that time, the country has been involved in many internal and external conflicts, some of which have been reflected on the national flag at the time. Famous versions of the flag include the Grand Union Flag, the Betsy Ross Flag, and the Battle of Bennington Flag.

The Grand Union Flag of 1775 – 1777 featured the 13 stripes with the British Union Flag as the canton. The Betsy Ross version carries a distinctive canton with 13 stars arranged into a circle. The Battle of Bennington Flag has the distinctive number 76 as the main feature of its canton, referring to the year of the Declaration of Independence.

The inclusion of stars against a dark blue background was specified by the Flag Resolution of 1777, agreed by the 2nd Continental Congress. The design was to represent a new constellation in the sky, as the United States was a new country in the world.

The exact layout of those stars was never specified. Although there were initially 13 stars representing 13 states, the design was improvised as new states were added. This always takes place on 4 July of the year after the state's accession into the Union. On that date in 1890, 5 new stars were added, representing Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, South Dakota, and Washington. Idaho had joined the union on July 3rd.

Although the basic design of the American Flag has been settled since 1777, it was changed between 1795 and 1818. This period saw the addition of two extra stripes, taking the total to 15. This was to commemorate the accession of Vermont and Kentucky.

This design is the one referred to in the hymn The Star Spangled Banner. Also known as The Garrison Flag, this design flew over Baltimore Harbor during the British siege there in the American Revolutionary War. The 13 stripe design was re adopted in 1818, since then it has remained the same.

In recent times, there have been votes by residents of both Puerto Rico and the District of Columbia (DC) to gain statehood. Were either or both of these to be accepted by Congress, one or two extra stars would need to be accommodated. If so, this would be the latest development in a flag with a fascinating history.