Banners representing the various American jurisdictions

Swipe to see the contents page United States state and territory flags, as well as the flag of the District of Columbia (Washington, DC) C ) display a wide range of local flavor, historical context, aesthetic preferences, and construction methods Modern U S To commemorate the

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United States state and territory flags, as well as the flag of the District of Columbia (Washington, DC) C ) display a wide range of local flavor, historical context, aesthetic preferences, and construction methods Modern U S To commemorate the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, Illinois, many states began to think of unique symbols, which led to the creation of state flags. Most U S Between the years 1893 and 1914, state flags were created and adopted. [1]

As of today, the flag of the Northern Mariana Islands (a territory) was adopted on July 1, 1985, and the flag of the state of Mississippi (a territory) was adopted on January 11, 2021. In 1938, the District of Columbia officially adopted its flag. Both the state flag of Utah (2018-2021) and the state flag of Massachusetts (2020-21) will soon undergo a redesign as a result of recently passed legislation.

Although there is a wide range of flag styles, vexillologists continue to point out that many of the flags feature the state seal superimposed on a solid color background, most often blue. In 2001, the North American Vexillological Association conducted a survey to determine which U.S. state had the best-designed flag, and the results indicated that New Mexico had the most artistically pleasing design. S state, U S territory, or Canadian province; the flag of Georgia ranked last (though it has been updated since the survey was conducted). [2]

Flags of the States Today [ edit ]

Adopted children are listed by name and adoption date.

  • Flag of Alabama.svg

    The state flag of Alabama
    (16 Février 1895)[3]

  • Flag of Alaska.svg

    Alaskan state flag
    (May 2, 1927)

  • Flag of Arizona.svg

    Phoenix, Arizona
    Monday, February 27th, 1917

  • Flag of Arkansas.svg

    The Arkansas state flag
    (Feb. 26th, 1903)

  • Flag of California.svg

    State of California's Flag
    Wednesday, February 3, 1911

  • Flag of Colorado.svg
  • Flag of Connecticut.svg

    A Connecticut state flag
    on this day in 1897

  • Flag of Delaware.svg

    Delaware's State Flag
    (July 24, 1913)

  • Flag of Florida.svg
  • Flag of Georgia (U.S. state).svg

    Georgian flag
    Dated: February 19th, 2003

  • Flag of Hawaii.svg

    Banner representing Hawaii
    Sunday, December 29, 1845

  • Flag of Idaho.svg

    Boise, Idaho, and the Idaho flag
    (March 12, 1907)

  • Flag of Illinois.svg

    Illinois state flag
    On This Day in 1969

  • Flag of Indiana.svg

    Indians' state banner
    (May 11, 1917)

  • Flag of Iowa.svg

    The State of Iowa's Flag
    (March 29, 1921)

  • Flag of Kansas.svg

    Kansas State Flag
    The date was September 24, 1961.

  • Flag of Kentucky.svg

    Kentucky state flag
    (March 26, 1918)

  • Flag of Louisiana.svg

    State of Louisiana flag
    (The Onion) [4] (November 22, 2010)

  • Flag of Maine.svg

    Maine's state flag
    On this day in 1909 (February 23),

  • Flag of Maryland.svg

    Maryland's state banner
    (March 9, 1904)

  • Flag of Massachusetts.svg
  • Flag of Michigan.svg

    Michigan's state flag
    (On this day in 1914)

  • Flag of Minnesota.svg

    Minnesota State Flag
    The Washington Post.

  • Flag of Mississippi.svg
  • Flag of Missouri.svg

    Missouri state flag
    (March 22, 1913)

  • Flag of Montana.svg

    A Montana state flag
    (July 1, 1981)

  • Flag of Nebraska.svg

    Nebraska State Flag
    (July 16, 1963)

  • Flag of Nevada.svg

    The Nevada state flag
    (July 25, 1991)

  • Flag of New Hampshire.svg
  • Flag of New Jersey.svg
  • Flag of New Mexico.svg
  • Flag of New York.svg
  • Flag of North Carolina.svg

    In North Carolina, we fly the flag.
    (March 9 1885) (June 24, 1991)[7]

  • Flag of North Dakota.svg
  • Flag of Ohio.svg

    The Ohio state flag
    (May 9, 1902)

  • Flag of Oklahoma.svg

    Official Oklahoma state flag
    (2 April 1925; officially 1 November 2006)[8][9]

  • Flag of Oregon.svg
  • Flag of Pennsylvania.svg
  • Flag of Rhode Island.svg

    The Rhode Island state flag
    (Officially on November 1, 1897; celebrated on July 27, 1640)

  • Flag of South Carolina.svg
  • Flag of South Dakota.svg
  • Flag of Tennessee.svg

    Tennessee state flag
    (April 17, 1905)

  • Flag of Texas.svg

    Texas state flag
    This date in history (January 25th, 1839[c])

  • Flag of Utah.svg

    State Flag of Utah1
    (In the year 1913 and on February 16th, 2011[d])

  • Flag of Vermont.svg

    The state flag of Vermont
    (June 1, 1923)

  • Flag of Virginia.svg

    Commonwealth of Virginia flag
    February 1, 1950; March 28, 1912[13]

  • Flag of Washington.svg
  • Flag of West Virginia.svg
  • Flag of Wisconsin.svg
  • Flag of Wyoming.svg

    Western Wyoming state flag
    on this day in 1917

The current flag of the federal district [ edit ]

District of Columbia's current flag is shown here.

Flags of current territories [ edit ]

The five US territories with permanent populations fly these flags. The dates in parentheses indicate when the current flag was adopted by the governing body of each territory.

Signals of the times [ edit ]

Massachusetts and Maine both have nautical ensigns.

Flags of the various states commemorating a specific event [ edit ]

Coincident with the formation of a task force to redesign the state flag in 2021, Utah created a special flag to celebrate the state's 125th anniversary of statehood.

  • Commemorative Flag of Utah (2021).svg

Artifacts of state and territory flags throughout history [ edit ]

Old flags of states [ edit ]

  • Flag of Arkansas (February 26, 1913–1923)

    AR state flag
    (Feb.26, 1913 - Feb.23, 1923)

  • Flag of Arkansas (1923–1924)

    The Arkansas State Flag
    (1923–1924)

  • Flag of Arkansas (1924–2011)

    The State Flag of Arkansas
    (1924–2011)

  • Flag of California (1909 – February 3, 1911)

    The State of California's Flag
    Time Period: (1909 - February 3, 1911)

  • Flag of California (February 3, 1911 – 1912)

    The State of California's Official Flag
    Time Period: (Beginning on February 3, 1911, and ending in 1912)

  • Flag of California (1912 – 1924)

    The California State Flag
    (1912 – 1924)

  • Flag of California (1924 – 1953)

    The California State Flag
    (1924 – 1953)

  • Flag of Colorado (1876 – 1907)
  • Flag of Colorado (1907 – December 4, 1911)

    Colorado State Flag
    (From 1907 to December 4, 1911)

  • Flag of Colorado (December 4, 1911 – March 31, 1964)

    Banner representing Colorado
    (Born on December 4, 1911, died on March 31, 1964)

  • Flag of Florida (September 1868 – November 1900)[16]

    Florida's state flag
    From September 1868 to November 1900[16]

  • Flag of Florida (November 1900 – May 1985)[16]

    Florida's state flag
    (December 1900–April 1985)[16]

  • Variant flag of Georgia (de facto, 1861–1865)
  • Flag of Georgia (1879–1902)

    The Georgian flag
    (1879–1902)

  • Flag of Georgia (1902–1906)

    Georgian flag
    (1902–1906)

  • Flag of Georgia (1906–1920)

    Banner flying over Georgia
    (1906–1920)

  • Flag of Georgia (1920–1956)

    The Flag of Georgia
    (1920–1956)

  • Flag of Georgia (1956–2001)

    The flag of Georgia
    (1956–2001)

  • Flag of Georgia (2001–2003)

    Georiga's national flag
    (2001–2003)

  • Flag of Illinois (1915–1969)
  • Flag of Indiana (1903–1917)[17]
  • Flag of Iowa (1917–1921)
  • Flag of Kansas (1927 – September 24, 1961)

    The Kansas State Flag
    (Born in 1927) "(Died on September 24, 1961)"

  • Flag of Kentucky (March 26, 1918–1963)

    Kentucky state flag
    (March 26, 1918-1963)

  • Flag of Louisiana (January 1861, unofficial)

    The Louisiana state flag
    Officially dated "January 1861" but not until much later

  • Flag of Louisiana (February 1861–1912)[18]

    The Louisiana State Flag
    (19 February 1861 - 19 February 1912)[18]

  • Flag of Louisiana (1912 – May 7, 2006)

    In Louisiana, we fly a flag.
    (1912 - May 7, 2006)

  • Flag of Louisiana (May 7, 2006 – November 22, 2010)

    State of Louisiana flag
    (Began 7 May 2006; Ended 22 November 2010)

  • Flag of Maryland (pre-1904)
  • Flag of Massachusetts (April 29, 1776–March 18, 1908)[19]

    Massachusetts State Flag
    [19] (Apr. 29, 1776 – Mar. 18, 1908].

  • Flag of Massachusetts (reverse, 1908–1971)

    Massachusetts State Flag
    Those years (1908-1971) backwards

  • Flag of Maine (1901–1909)
  • Flag of Minnesota (January – February 28, 1893)

    Minnesota state flag
    (Begins in Jan and ends on Feb 28)

  • Flag of Minnesota (obverse, February 28, 1893 – August 1957)

    State emblem of Minnesota
    (back) February 28th, 1893 - August 5th, 1957

  • Flag of Minnesota (reverse, February 28, 1893 – August 1957)

    Minnesota state flag
    Inverse: (February 28th, 1893 - August 5th, 1957)

  • Flag of Minnesota (August 1957 – August 1983)

    Minnesota state flag
    (1 August 1957 – 31 July 1983)

  • Flag of Mississippi (March 30, 1861 – August 22, 1865)

    Delta State Banner
    Those days (March 30th, 1861 - August 22nd, 1865)

  • Flag of Mississippi (April 23, 1894 – 1996)

    Mississippi state flag
    (April 23, 1894 - 1996)

  • Flag of Mississippi (1996 – February 7, 2001)

    The Mississippi state flag
    (Began in 1996; Ended on February 7, 2001)

  • Flag of Mississippi (2001 – June 30, 2020)

    Mississippi State Seal on Flag
    (2001 – June 30, 2020)

  • Provisional Flag of Mississippi (2020 – 2021)

    Initial Mississippi State Flag
    (2020 – 2021)

  • Flag of Montana (1905 – July 1, 1981)

    State flag of Montana
    (1905 - July 1, 1981)

  • Flag of Nebraska (1917 – April 2, 1925)

    State of Nebraska Flag
    (1917 - April 2, 1925)

  • Flag of New Hampshire (1909 – November 30, 1931)

    New Hampshire's state flag
    (1 December 1909 – 29 November 1931)

  • Flag of New Jersey (1896 – 1965)[20]
  • Flag of New Mexico (January 1, 1915 - March 14, 1925, unofficial)[21][22]

    New Mexico's state flag
    (unofficial, 1 January 1915 - 14 March 1925)[21][22]

  • Flag of New York (1778 – April 2, 1901)

    The New York State flag
    (1778 - April 2, 1901)

  • Flag of Nevada (July 20, 1905–1915)

    Nevada state flag
    (July 20, 1905-1915)

  • Flag of Nevada (1915–1929)

    Nevada's State Flag
    (1915–1929)

  • Flag of Nevada (1929 – July 25, 1991)

    State of Nevada Flag
    (1929 - July 25, 1991)

  • Flag of North Carolina (March 1885 – June 24, 1991)

    Banner representing the state of North Carolina
    (In birth: March 1885; died: June 24, 1991)

  • Flag of Oklahoma (1911–1925)
  • Flag of Oklahoma (1925–1941)

    The Oklahoma State Flag
    (1925–1941)

  • Flag of Oklahoma (1941–1988)

    Oklahoma state flag
    (1941–1988)

  • Flag of Oklahoma (1988–2006)

    Oklahoma state flag
    (1988–2006)

  • Flag of Oregon (1900–1925)
  • Flag of Pennsylvania (1778–1909)
  • Flag of Rhode Island (1877–1882)
  • Flag of Rhode Island (1882–1897)

    Symbol of Rhode Island
    (1882–1897)

  • Flag of South Carolina (1775 – January 26, 1861)

    South Carolina's state flag
    (1775–January 26, 1861)

  • Flag of South Carolina (January 26 – January 28, 1861)

    South Carolina's official flag
    Time Period: (January 26-28, 1861)

  • Flag of South Dakota (1909–1963)
  • Flag of South Dakota (1963–1992)

    South Dakota's official flag
    (1963–1992)

  • Flag of Tennessee (1861, unofficial)

    The Tennessee flag
    First used informally in 1861

  • Flag of Tennessee (1897 – April 17, 1905)

    The Tennessee flag
    (1897 - April 17, 1905)

  • Flag of Texas (1839 – 1879)

    State Flag of Texas1
    (1839 – 1879)

  • Flag of Utah (1850? – March 1903)

    A Utah state flag
    (1850 - March 1903)

  • Flag of Utah (March 1903–1922)[d]

    Utah's official flag
    (March 1903)[d] - (1922)

  • Flag of Utah (1922–February 16, 2011)[d]

    Utah state flag
    (Infant, 1922-Death, 16 February, 2011)

  • Flag of Vermont (June 1, 1770 – June 13, 1804)

    Vermont state flag
    Between June 1st, 1770 and June 13th, 1804

  • Flag of Vermont (June 14, 1804 – April 3, 1837)

    Vermont state flag
    (Born on June 14, 1804; died on April 3, 1837)

  • Flag of Vermont (April 6, 1837 – April 16, 1923)

    Vermont state flag
    (6 April 1837 – 16 April 1923)

  • Flag of Washington (March 5, 1923–1967)

    U.S. Department of Defense Flag
    (March 5, 1923-1967)

  • Flag of West Virginia (1905–1907)
  • Flag of West Virginia (1907–1929)

    Banner representing West Virginia
    (1907–1929)

  • Flag of Wisconsin (1866–1913)
  • Flag of Wisconsin (1913–1981)

    State emblem of Wisconsin (1913-1981)

  • Flag of New York (April 2, 1901 – 2020)

    The New York State flag (April 2, 1901 - April 2, 2020)

Disused flags of former territories [ edit ]

There was a civil war in the United States. [ edit ]

  • Flag of Alabama (November 7, 1861 – November 12, 1865, obverse)[3]

    The Alabama State Flag
    (obverse, November 7, 1861 - reverse, November 12, 1865)[3]

  • Flag of Alabama (November 7, 1861 – November 12, 1865, reverse)[3]

    Alabama state flag
    (the 7th of November, 1861, the 12th of November, 1865, backwards)[3]

  • Flag of Florida (September 27, 1861, unofficial)

    The Official Flag of Florida1
    (unofficial date of September 27, 1861)

  • Flag of Mississippi (March 30, 1861 – August 22, 1865)

    Mississippi state flag
    (Beginning on March 30, 1861, and ending on August 22, 1865)

  • Flag of North Carolina (March 16, 1861 – March 1, 1885)

    A North Carolina flag
    (1 March 1885 - 16 March 1861)

  • Flag of Virginia (1861 – 1865)

Back Before the Texas Revolution [ edit ]

The Texas Rebellion [ edit ]

Republic of California [ edit ]

  • California Lone Star Flag 1836

    Flag of California, the Lone Star, 1836

  • Digital reproduction of Peter Storm's original 1846 Bear Flag

    Original Bear Flag designed by Peter Storm in 1846, digitally reproduced

  • Digital reproduction of Todd's Bear Flag

    Bear Flag designed by Todd, reproduced digitally

Other [ edit ]

Flags of the Native Americans [ edit ]

Tribal sovereignty grants many Native American nations legal authority over their members and any lands set aside for tribal use. Even though reservations are physically located within a state, the laws of that state may not apply. Flags of some of the largest Indian reservations in terms of population and land area are shown below in [23].

Atoll, reef, and other unofficial island flags [ edit ]

The U S All islands, atolls, and reefs that make up the United States Minor Outlying Islands must fly the national flag. But some U.S. territories with no official flag fly unofficial ones in their stead. S Uninhabited or Occasionally Habited Islands:

See also [ edit ]

  • Gateway to Heraldry

Notes [ edit ]

  1. ^ The modern form has been in use since 1965.
  2. ^ New version to be implemented in 2020
  3. ^ The 1879 version was replaced with the current one in 1933.
  4. ^ a b c By adjusting a definition from 1911, which altered a design from 1903, the current Utah flag was officially adopted in 1913. Flags, however, remained in use of the 1903 design until 1922. It was discovered in 1985 that the post-1922 de facto standard did not match the 1913 definition; this discrepancy persisted until 2011, when the legislature reaffirmed its 1913 definition and requested that flag manufacturers change to it. [12]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ Nick Artimovich In this section, we will be answering your questions. NVSA - The North American Society for Vexillology p  8 You can read the original version from April 17, 2007 by clicking here. Retrieved 2007-03-20
  2. ^ Ted Kaye (2001-06-10) New Mexico came out on top in a survey of state and provincial flags, while Georgia came in dead last. An Organization for Flags and Heraldry in North America Archive.org date="October 19, 2013"> Retrieved 2007-10-07
  3. ^ a b c The Alabama State Flag. Honors, Symbols, and Alabama Icons Archives and History Division of the State of Alabama 2006-04-27 Retrieved 2007-03-18
  4. ^ According to Ed Anderson (November 22, 2010) A new flag for the state of Louisiana featuring a wounded pelican has been revealed. This week's issue of the Times-Picayune This version was archived from the original on November 24, 2010. Retrieved November 24 2010
  5. ^ Author: Ramseth, Luke; Publication Date: November 4, 2020 What happens now that Mississippians have chosen a magnolia design for their state flag? clarionledger com Daily Clarion Retrieved 4 November 2020
  6. ^ Mississippi House Bill 1796, 2020 Regular Session. billstatus ls state ms us/ July 21, 2020 Retrieved 21 July 2020
  7. ^ Official North Carolina State Icons. The State Library of North Carolina. North Carolina, USA Archive.org date='02-06-2008' Retrieved 2008-01-26
  8. ^ The Official Flag of Oklahoma NetState LLC NState 6 February 2014 Retrieved On the 26th of January, 2019. 2015 The colors used must hold their own and not blend together. Legally enacted as of the passing of Chapter 1925 of the 234, p 340, § 1 Revised by Acts of 1941, page 90, § 1; Laws 2006, c 181, § 1, eff Nov 1, 2006
  9. ^ Bill (Senate) No. 1359 Enrolled into the Senate. Tulsa County District Court May 23, 2006 Retrieved Monday, January 26th, 2019 2015 On November 1, 2006, this law will go into effect.
  10. ^ Oregon Almanac Topics "Dance to Hops" "Flag, State" Retrieved 29 Jun 2020 Oregon's flag is the only one in the country with two completely different designs. In 1925, legislators approved the official flag design for the state of Oregon.
  11. ^ The text specifies that 1925 was the year Oregon officially adopted its flag.
  12. ^
  13. ^ (Effective as of February 1, 1950) Commonwealth of Virginia Title: " 1-506. Commonwealth Flag" Laws of Virginia State of Virginia, or the Commonwealth of Virginia Retrieved The 28th of January 2015 The official flag of the Commonwealth will feature a dark blue background with a white circle in the middle. The Commonwealth's coat of arms, as described in 1-500 for the reverse of the great seal of the Commonwealth, must be painted or embroidered onto this circle, and it must be displayed on both sides. The border around the circle may be fringed with white. extreme afield from the flagpole The flag of the Commonwealth shall be recognized as such. (Code 1950, § 7-32; 1966, c 102, § 7 1-32; 2005, c 839 )
  14. ^ Washington State Icons The State of Washington Legislature Accessed from: 2007-03-05 Original here Retrieved 2007-03-11
  15. ^ Wisconsin, State of "286" 1.08: The Flag of the State Constitutional Amendments of 1979 Retrieved August 21, 2015 All official state flags produced on or after May1, 1981, by the department of administration must meet the specifications outlined in this section. The use of state flags made prior to May 1, 1981, is not prohibited.
  16. ^ a b Report of the Florida Constitution Revision Commission, August 4, 2005. Election Amendments Adopted on November 6, 1900 The University of Florida State Originally posted on October 8, 2014 Retrieved March 13, 2013
  17. ^ Legislative Assembly of the State of Indiana (1903) Indiana State Laws and Statutes Reference Book W B Burford Retrieved May 25, 2022
  18. ^ Although Louisiana adopted this flag in 1861, there is no evidence that it was flown over state buildings until 1912. [1] Archived 2014-08-12 at the Wayback Machine Having been used informally for nearly a century prior to 1912, the blue pelican flag was formally adopted in that year.
  19. ^ States in the Union, Beginning with Letters L-M WorldStatesmen org Retrieved May 23, 2022
  20. ^ Standardized 1896 Flag
  21. ^ This is the original (American) flag of New Mexico.
  22. ^ As pointed out by Rick N athanson in his article "New Mexico Flag Hasn't Always Had a Zia Symbol; Earliest Version Boasted Quartz Crystals," the state of New Mexico hasn't always featured a Zia symbol on its flag
  23. ^ Frequently Asked Questions: https://www.bia.gov/ U S The Interior Ministry The Department of Indian Affairs In response to your frequently asked questions The 7th of September, 2019 Downloaded
  24. ^ Author: Roman Klime (January 2011) Minor U.S. Territories with Lesser-Known Symbols (PDF) NAVA News 209
  25. ^ January 2000 Roman Klime (Author) Wake Island's National Flag (PDF) NAVA News 33
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