Historic Flags of USA
    Current American flag
    July 4, 1960 - Present
    50 stars
    Current 50-star version of USA flag design was approved after Hawaii was admitted as 50th state of USA on August 21, 1959. Executive Order of President Eisenhower dated August 21, 1959 - provided for the arrangement of the stars in nine rows of stars staggered horizontally and eleven rows of stars staggered vertically. The flag was raised for the first time at 12:01 a.m. on July 4, 1960, at the Fort McHenry National Monument in Baltimore, Maryland.









    Previous American flag
    July 4, 1959 – July 3, 1960
    49 stars
    Alaska became 49th state of USA on January 3, 1959. Executive Order of President Eisenhower dated January 3, 1959 - provided for the arrangement of the stars in seven rows of seven stars each, staggered horizontally and vertically.



    Past American flag
    July 4, 1912 – July 3, 1959
    48 stars
    In 1912 two states joined USA - New Mexico on January 6, 1912 and Arizona on February 14, 1912 - adding two stars for the 46-star USA flag. Executive Order of President Taft dated June 24, 1912 - established proportions of the flag and provided for arrangement of the stars in six horizontal rows of eight each, a single point of each star to be upward.
    Past American flag
    July 4, 1908 – July 3, 1912
    46 stars
    Oklahoma joined USA as a state onNovember 16, 1907.
    Past American flag
    July 4, 1896 – July 3, 1908
    45 stars
    Utah joined the Union on January 4, 1896.
    Past American flag
    July 4, 1891 – July 3, 1896
    44 stars
    Wyoming joined USA as a state on July 10, 1890.
    Past American flag
    July 4, 1890 – July 3, 1891
    43 stars
    Five states - North Dakota (November 2, 1889) South Dakota (November 2, 1889) Montana (November 8, 1889) Washington (November 11, 1889) Idaho (July 3, 1890) - joined USA as states and 5 stars were added to the flag
    Past American flag
    July 4, 1877 – July 3, 1890
    38 stars
    Colorado joined Union on August 1, 1876. The 38-star flag had stars arranged in rows as well as circles
    Until the Executive Order of June 24, 1912, neither the order of the stars nor the proportions of the flag was prescribed.
    Past American flag
    July 4, 1867 – July 3, 1877
    37 stars
    Nebraska joined as a state on March 1, 1867 and one star was added to the flag
    Stars were arranged in some flags in rows and circles in others
    Past American flag
    July 4, 1865 – July 3, 1867
    36 stars
    Nevada joined as a state on October 31, 1864 and one star was added.
    Stars were arranged in some flags in rows and circles in others
    Past American flag
    July 4, 1863 – July 3, 1865
    35 stars
    West Virginia joined USA as a state on June 20, 1863
    Past American flag
    July 4, 1861 – July 3, 1863
    34 stars
    Kansas joined USA as a state on January 29, 1861
    Past American flag
    July 4, 1859 – July 3, 1861
    33 stars
    Oregon joined Union on February 14, 1859 and one star was added
    Stars were arranged in rows in some versions and as a star in others
    Stars were arranged in various designs in various versions
    Stars were arranged in various designs in various versions
    Past American flag
    July 4, 1858 – July 3, 1859
    32 stars
    Minnesota joined USA as a state on May 11, 1858
    Past American flag
    July 4, 1851 – July 3, 1858
    31 stars
    California joined USA as a state on September 9, 1850.
    Past American flag
    July 4, 1848 – July 3, 1851
    30 stars
    Wisconsin joined USA as a state on May 29, 1848
    Past American flag
    July 4, 1847 – July 3, 1848
    29 stars
    Iowa joined Union on December 28, 1846 and one star was added.
    Stars were arranged in various designs in various versions.
    Past American flag
    July 4, 1846 – July 3, 1847
    28 stars
    Texas joined USA as a state on December 29, 1845.
    Past American flag
    July 4, 1845 – July 3, 1846
    27 stars
    Florida joined as a state on March 3, 1845
    Past American flag
    July 4, 1837 – July 3, 1845
    26 stars
    Michigan joined Union on Jan 26, 1837 and one star was added
    Stars were arranged in various designs in various versions..
    Past American flag
    July 4, 1836 – July 3, 1837
    25 stars
    Arkansas joined as a state on June 15, 1836
    Past American flag
    July 4, 1822 – July 3, 1836
    24 stars
    Missouri joined USA as a state on August 10, 1821
    Past American flag
    July 4, 1820 – July 3, 1822
    23 stars
    Two states - Alabama (December 14, 1819) Maine (March 15, 1820) - joined USA as states
    Past American flag
    July 4, 1819 – July 3, 1820
    21 stars
    Illinois joined USA as a state on December 3, 1818
    Past American flag
    July 4, 1818 – July 3, 1819
    13 stripes - 20 stars
    Five states - Tennessee (June 1, 1796), Ohio (March 1, 1803), Louisiana (April 30, 1812), Indiana (December 11, 1816), Mississippi (December 10, 1817) joined USA.
    Act of April 4, 1818 - provided for 13 stripes and one star for each state, to be added to the flag on the 4th of July following the admission of each new state.
    Past American flag
    May 1, 1795 – July 3, 1818
    15 stripes - 15 stars
    When Vermont (March 4, 1791) and Kentucky (June 1, 1792) joined USA as states, both the number of stars and stripes were raised to 15. Act of January 13, 1794 - provided for 15 stripes and 15 stars after May 1795.
    Past American flag
    June 14, 1777 – May 1, 1795
    13 stripes - 13 stars
    Flag Resolution of June 14, 1777 - stated: "Resolved: that the flag of the United States be made of thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new Constellation."
    Francis Hopkinson's design for a US flag, featuring six-pointed stars arranged in rows. One famous arrangement features 13 outwardly-oriented five-pointed stars arranged in a circle, the so-called Betsy Ross flag .
    First American flag
    December 3, 1775 – June 14, 1777
    13 stripes - Union Jack
    The first flag of the colonists to have any resemblance to the present Stars and Stripes was the Grand Union Flag, sometimes referred to as the Congress Colors, the First Navy Ensign, and the Cambridge Flag. Its design consisted of 13 stripes, alternately red and white, representing the Thirteen Colonies, with a blue field in the upper left-hand corner bearing the red cross of St. George of England with the white cross of St. Andrew of Scotland. As the flag of the revolution it was used on many occasions. It was first flown by the ships of the Colonial Fleet on the Delaware River. On December 3, 1775, it was raised aboard Captain Esek Hopkin's flagship Alfred by John Paul Jones, then a Navy lieutenant. Later the flag was raised on the liberty pole at Prospect Hill, which was near George Washington's headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts. It was our unofficial national flag on July 4, 1776, Independence Day; and it remained the unofficial national flag and ensign of the Navy until June 14, 1777, when the Continental Congress authorized the Stars and Stripes. Interestingly, the Grand Union Flag also was the standard of the British East India Company. It was only by degrees that the Union Flag of Great Britain was discarded. The final breach between the Colonies and Great Britain brought about the removal of the British Union from the canton of our striped flag and the substitution of stars on a blue field.
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