Banners representing the various American regions

Activate the contents menu States, territories, and Washington, DC's (Washington, DC) flags fly proudly over the National Mall in Washington, DC. C ) are characterized by a wide range of stylistic choices, underlying tenets, and regional influences Modern U S Beginning at the

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States, territories, and Washington, DC's (Washington, DC) flags fly proudly over the National Mall in Washington, DC. C ) are characterized by a wide range of stylistic choices, underlying tenets, and regional influences Modern U S Beginning at the turn of the century, when states were thinking of unique symbols to display at the 1893 World's Columbian Exposition in Chicago, flags were adopted. 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. New laws in Utah (effective 2018-2021) and Massachusetts (effective 2020-21) have kicked off the flag-redesign processes in those states.

Vexillologists continue to criticize the fact that the majority of state flags follow the same design pattern, which consists of the state seal superimposed on a monochrome background, commonly a shade of blue. The North American Vexillological Association voted New Mexico's flag the best-designed in the United States in 2001. S state, U S territory, or Canadian province, and the worst was Georgia's (since redesigned) state flag. [2]

Flags of the states now in use [ edit ]

Sorted alphabetically by adoption date

  • Flag of Alabama.svg

    Iconic symbol of Alabama
    (16 Février 1895)[3]

  • Flag of Alaska.svg

    To fly the Alaskan flag
    (May 2, 1927)

  • Flag of Arizona.svg

    Arizona State Flag
    Sunday, February 27th, 1917

  • Flag of Arkansas.svg

    State of Arkansas's official flag
    (Tuesday, February 26th, 1913)

  • Flag of California.svg

    The California State Flag
    (Third of February, 1911)

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

    The State of Connecticut Banner
    (Sept. 9, 1897)

  • Flag of Delaware.svg

    Delaware's State Flag
    (July 24, 1913)

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

    Georgian national insignia
    Monday, February 19, 2003

  • Flag of Hawaii.svg

    Hawaiian nation's banner
    (On this date in 1845)

  • Flag of Idaho.svg

    Banner representing Idaho
    (March 12, 1907)

  • Flag of Illinois.svg

    Illinois state flag
    Time: (9/17/69)

  • Flag of Indiana.svg

    Indiana's state flag
    (May 11, 1917)

  • Flag of Iowa.svg

    Iowa State Flag
    (March 29, 1921)

  • Flag of Kansas.svg

    Kansas state flag
    (On This Day in 1961, September 24)

  • Flag of Kentucky.svg

    The Official Flag of Kentucky1
    (March 26, 1918)

  • Flag of Louisiana.svg

    Louisiana State Flag
    (22 November, 2010)[4]

  • Flag of Maine.svg

    To fly the Maine flag
    Dated: February 23rd, 1909

  • Flag of Maryland.svg

    Maryland's state flag
    (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
    Sunday, August 2nd, 1983

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

    Missouri state banner
    (March 22, 1913)

  • Flag of Montana.svg

    The Official Montana State Flag
    (July 1, 1981)

  • Flag of Nebraska.svg

    Nebraska State Flag
    (July 16, 1963)

  • Flag of Nevada.svg

    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

    The State Flag of North Carolina1
    (March 9 1885) (June 24, 1991)[7]

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

    Ohio state flag
    (May 9, 1902)

  • Flag of Oklahoma.svg

    The State of Oklahoma Flag
    (1925-04-02; formally 2006-11-01)[8][9]

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

    Signifying the state of Rhode Island, this flag
    (officially on November 1st, 1897; dated July 27th, 1640)

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

    State of Tennessee Flag
    (April 17, 1905)

  • Flag of Texas.svg

    Texas state flag
    ...on this day in 1839[c]...

  • Flag of Utah.svg

    Utah State Flag
    (in 1913 and on February 16th, 2011[d])

  • Flag of Vermont.svg

    Vermont state flag
    (June 1, 1923)

  • Flag of Virginia.svg

    The Flag of Virginia1
    [13] (February 1, 1950)[28] March 28, 1912

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

    Wyoming state flag
    On this day in 1917:

The current flag of the federal district [ edit ]

The official flag of Washington, DC is shown here.

Flags of the World as They Exist Today [ edit ]

These flags represent the five US territories that have permanent populations. The dates in parentheses indicate when the current flag was adopted by the governing body of each territory.

Signs of the times [ edit ]

Maine and Massachusetts both have nautical ensigns.

State flags flown in honor of a special occasion [ 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

Ancient flags of states and territories [ edit ]

Retired flags of former states [ edit ]

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

    The Arkansas state flag
    (Feb. 26, 1913 - Dec. 31, 1923)

  • Flag of Arkansas (1923–1924)

    Arkansas state flag
    (1923–1924)

  • Flag of Arkansas (1924–2011)

    Arkansas state flag
    (1924–2011)

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

    The State of California's Official Flag
    From 1909 until February 3, 1911

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

    Banner representing California
    (2 February 1911 - 2 February 1912)

  • Flag of California (1912 – 1924)

    Flying the California state flag
    (1912 – 1924)

  • Flag of California (1924 – 1953)

    California's state flag
    (1924 – 1953)

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

    State of Colorado flag
    (1 January 1907 – 4 December 1911)

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

    Colorado State Flag
    (Born December 4, 1911; died March 31, 1964)

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

    Florida's state flag
    Between September 1868 and November 1900[16].

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

    The State of Florida's Flag
    (November, 1900 - May, 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)

    A Georgian flag
    (1906–1920)

  • Flag of Georgia (1920–1956)

    A Georgian flag
    (1920–1956)

  • Flag of Georgia (1956–2001)

    State Flag of Georgia
    (1956–2001)

  • Flag of Georgia (2001–2003)

    Georgian 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 State of Kansas Flag
    (1927 – September 24th, 1961)

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

    Ky. state flag
    (March 26, 1918-1963)

  • Flag of Louisiana (January 1861, unofficial)

    Louisiana's state flag
    (unofficial, January 1861)

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

    Louisiana's state flag
    (Feb. 1861–1912)[18]

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

    Louisiana's state flag
    (1912 – May 7, 2006)

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

    Louisiana's state banner
    (Beginning on May 7, 2006, ending on November 22, 2010)

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

    Massachusett's state flag
    (Apr. 29, 1776–Mar. 18, 1908[19])

  • Flag of Massachusetts (reverse, 1908–1971)

    Massachusetts State Flag
    "(backwards, 1908-1971)"

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

    The Minnesota State Flag
    (1993 January - February 28)

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

    State of Minnesota flag
    (back, 28 February 1893 - 8 August 1957)

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

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

  • Flag of Minnesota (August 1957 – August 1983)

    MN state flag
    (Starting in August of 1957 and ending in August of 1983)

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

    The Flag of Mississippi1
    Date Range: (March 30, 1861 - August 22, 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) - (Feb.7, 2001)

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

    State of Mississippi flag
    (2001 – June 30, 2020)

  • Provisional Flag of Mississippi (2020 – 2021)

    Mississippi's Temporary State Flag
    (2020 – 2021)

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

    Montana state flag
    (1905 - July 1, 1981)

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

    The State Flag of Nebraska1
    (1917 - April 2, 1925)

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

    Banner representing the Granite State
    (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 Jan 1915 - 14 Mar 1925)[21][22]

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

    State of New York Flag
    (1778 - April 2, 1901)

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

    Symbol of Nevada on its Flag
    (July 20, 1905-1915)

  • Flag of Nevada (1915–1929)

    Nevada state flag
    (1915–1929)

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

    Signifying Nevada's state flag
    (1929 - July 25, 1991)

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

    The North Carolina state flag
    (In birth: March 1885; died: June 24th, 1991)

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

    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)

    The Rhode Island state flag
    (1882–1897)

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

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

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

    The state flag of South Carolina
    During these dates in 1861 (January 26-28),

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

    The State of South Dakota Flag
    (1963–1992)

  • Flag of Tennessee (1861, unofficial)

    Tennessee state flag
    (circa 1861, informally)

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

    The State of Tennessee's Flag
    (1897 - April 17, 1905)

  • Flag of Texas (1839 – 1879)

    State Flag of Texas1
    (1839 – 1879)

  • Flag of Utah (1850? – March 1903)

    The Utah state flag
    (1850 - March 1903)

  • Flag of Utah (March 1903–1922)[d]

    Salt Lake City, Utah, on their flag.
    [d] From March of 1903 to December of 1922

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

    Utah state flag
    (1922–February 16th, 2011)[d]

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

    The Vermont state flag
    During this time period (June 1, 1770 - June 13, 1804)

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

    Vermont state flag
    (born June 14th, 1804; died April 3rd, 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)

    Washington's Flag
    (March 5, 1923-1967)

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

    The State Flag of West Virginia
    (1907–1929)

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

    The Wisconsin state flag (1913–1981)

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

    New York State's official flag (2 April 1901 - 2020)

Flags of formerly independent territories [ edit ]

U.S. Civil War [ edit ]

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

    The State Flag of Alabama1
    On the reverse is the dates (November 7, 1861 - November 12, 1865)[3].

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

    Alabama's state flag
    (7 November 1861 - 12 November 1865, backwards)[3]

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

    State of Florida flag
    Unofficial date of September 27, 1861

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

    The state flag of Mississippi
    Those days (March 30th, 1861 - August 22nd, 1865)

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

    Symbol of North Carolina
    (17 March 1861 - 1 March 1885)

  • Flag of Virginia (1861 – 1865)

Previous to the Texas Revolution [ edit ]

Uprising in Texas [ 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

    Peter Storm's Bear Flag, originally designed in 1846, digitally reproduced.

  • Digital reproduction of Todd's Bear Flag

    Replica Bear Flag designed by Todd created 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. Reservations may be located within a state, but the laws of that state may not apply. [23] Listed below are the flags representing some of the most populous and geographically extensive Indian reservations:

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

The U S All of the islands, atolls, and reefs that make up what are officially called the United States Minor Outlying Islands all fly the national flag. Some U.S. territories with no official flag use alternative designs to identify themselves to the outside world. S Subordinate Groups of Islands:

See also [ edit ]

  • Online Resource for Heraldry

Notes [ edit ]

  1. ^ The modern form has been in use since 1965.
  2. ^ Adoption of the Currently Used Form in 2020
  3. ^ The 1879 version was the prototype for the modern one, which was adopted in 1933.
  4. ^ a b c The current flag of Utah was officially adopted in 1913, after being slightly altered from an earlier design that had been used unofficially since 1903. However, flags in use generally remained true to the 1903 design until 1922. It was found in 1985 that the de facto standard in place after 1922 did not correspond to the 1913 definition, and this discrepancy persisted until 2011 when the legislature reaffirmed its 1913 definition and requested that flag manufacturers adhere to it. [12]

References [ edit ]

  1. ^ Nick Artimovich "Answers & Questions" The Vexillological Society of North America p  8 Date of original upload: April 17th, 2007 Retrieved 2007-03-20
  2. ^ Ted Kaye (2001-06-10) As the headline puts it, "NEW MEXICO TOPS STATE/PROVINCIAL FLAGS SURVEY, GEORGIA LOSES BY WIDE MARGIN." League of North American Flag Historians This version was archived from the previous one on October 19, 2013. Retrieved 2007-10-07
  3. ^ a b c Labeled as the "Alabama State Flag" Honors, Symbols, and Alabama Icons The Alabama Historical Society and State Archives 2006-04-27 Retrieved 2007-03-18
  4. ^ Ed. Anderson (22 November 2010). There's a new flag flying over the state capitol in Baton Rouge, and it features a bloodied pelican. New Orleans Times-Picayune Date of original publication: November 24, 2010 Retrieved On this day in history, November 24th, 2010
  5. ^ Luke Ramseth (2020-11-4) Mississippians have chosen a new magnolia design as the emblem for their state, and this is what will happen now. clarionledger com Daily Clarion Retrieved 4 November 2020
  6. ^ The full title of this bill is "House Bill 1796, Regular Session of the Legislature of Mississippi, 2020." billstatus ls state ms us/ July 21, 2020 Retrieved 21 July 2020
  7. ^ The North Carolina State Seal and Other Symbols The State Library of North Carolina Country: North Carolina Date of original publication: February 6, 2008 Retrieved 2008-01-26
  8. ^ Title: "Flag of Oklahoma" NetState LLC NState 6 February 2014 Retrieved 26 January 2015 All dyes used must be permanent and resistant to fading or mixing. Added by 1925 legislation. 234, p 340, § 1 Revised by Acts of 1941, page 90, § 1; Laws 2006, c 181, § 1, eff Nov 1, 2006
  9. ^ Senate Bill 1359 has been "Enrolled." Tulsa County District Court May 23, 2006 Retrieved 26 January 2015 On November 1, 2006, the provisions of this act will take effect.
  10. ^ Title: "Oregon Almanac Topics - Dance to Hops - Flag, State"1 Retrieved 29 Jun 2020 Only Oregon's flag features reversible designs. The state flag of Oregon was officially adopted in 1925.
  11. ^ The text reveals that 1925 was the year of Oregon's flag adoption.
  12. ^
  13. ^ Colonial Dominion of Virginia (as of 2/1/50) Article 1506: The Commonwealth Flag Statutes of Virginia Commonwealth of Virginia; Virginia Retrieved Tuesday, January 28 2015 The official Commonwealth flag has a dark blue background with a white circle in the middle. The Commonwealth coat of arms as described in 1-500 for the reverse of the great seal of the Commonwealth shall be painted or embroidered on this circle, and a white fringe may be added to the perimeter. greatest distance from the flagpole The flag of the Commonwealth shall be this. (Code 1950, § 7-32; 1966, c 102, § 7 1-32; 2005, c 839 )
  14. ^ Title: "Symbols Representing Washington State" The State of Washington Legislature Date of original publication: March 5, 2007 Retrieved 2007-03-11
  15. ^ Wisconsin, U.S.A. "286" Flag of the State of XYZ A Look Back at the Laws 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. Flags of a state that were made before May 1, 1981, can still be flown today.
  16. ^ a b The Florida Constitution Revision Commission, 8/4/2005 Election Amends (November 6, 1900) In this case, we're talking about Florida State University. The original version was published on October 8th, 2014. Retrieved March 13, 2013
  17. ^ The Indiana Legislature in 1903 The Indiana Statutory and State Reference Manual W B Burford Retrieved May 25, 2022
  18. ^ Despite its adoption in 1861, there is no evidence that this flag was ever flown over Louisiana state buildings prior to 1912. [1] Archived 2014-08-12 at the Wayback Machine After nearly a century of unofficial use, the blue pelican flag was formally adopted in 1912.
  19. ^ L-M List of U.S. States WorldStatesmen org Retrieved May 23, 2022
  20. ^ Standardized 1896 Flag
  21. ^ The Original (American) Flag of New Mexico
  22. ^ The Zia symbol wasn't always present on the New Mexico flag; in fact, the earliest versions featured crystals made of quartz. This article was written by Rick N athanson.
  23. ^ FAQ: https://www.bia.gov/ frequently-asked-questions BIA U S Interior Department Native American and Indigenous Affairs Branch, Bureau of Concerning: Frequently Encountered Problems Accessible as of September 7, 2019
  24. ^ As of January 2011, Roman Klime's "Lesser Known Symbols of Minor U.S. Possessions" (PDF) NAVA News 209
  25. ^ January 2000 Roman Klime (Author) Wake Island's Symbolic Flag (PDF) NAVA News 33

Internet resources [ edit ]

  • State Flags of the USA: A List at State Symbols USA
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