History of the flags of the United States

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A 2.00m x 1.70m oil painting showing historical U.S. flags from 1776 to 1795.

This article describes the evolution of the flag of the United States of America, as well as other flags used within the country, such as the flags of governmental agencies. There are also separate flags for embassies and boats.

National flag[edit]

Historical progression of designs[edit]

Since 1818, a star for each new state has been added to the flag on the Fourth of July immediately following each state's admission. In years which multiple states were admitted, the number of stars on the flag jumped correspondingly; the most pronounced example of this is 1890, when five states were admitted within the span of a single year (North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and Washington in November 1889 and Idaho on July 3, 1890). This change has typically been the only change made with each revision of the flag since 1777, with the exception of changes in 1795 and 1818, which increased the number of stripes to 15 and then returned it to 13, respectively.

As the exact pattern of stars was not specified prior to 1912, and the exact colors not specified prior to 1934, many of the historical U.S. national flags shown below are typical rather than official designs.

 1775–1777 (the "Grand Union Flag")
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1775–1777 (the "Grand Union Flag")
 1777–1795
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1777–1795
 1795–1818 (the "Star-Spangled Banner")
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1795–1818 (the "Star-Spangled Banner")
 1818–1819
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1818–1819
 1819–1820
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1819–1820
 1820–1822
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1820–1822
 1822–1836 ("Old Glory")
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1822–1836 ("Old Glory")
 1836–1837
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1836–1837
 1837–1845
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1837–1845
 1845–1846
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1845–1846
 1846–1847
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1846–1847
 1847–1848
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1847–1848
 1848–1851
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1848–1851
 1851–1858
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1851–1858
 1858–1859
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1858–1859
 1859–1861
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1859–1861
 1861–1863
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1861–1863
 1863–1865
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1863–1865
 1865–1867
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1865–1867
 1867–1877
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1867–1877
 1877–1890
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1877–1890
 1890–1891
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1890–1891
 1891–1896
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1891–1896
 1896–1908
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1896–1908
 1908–1912
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1908–1912
 1912–1959
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1912–1959
 1959–1960
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1959–1960
 1960–present
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 1960–present

Other historical versions[edit]

 Betsy Ross circular 13-star version
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Betsy Ross circular 13-star version
 1777-1795 (the "Hopkinson Flag")
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 1777-1795 (the "Hopkinson Flag")
 Battle of Bennington version
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Battle of Bennington version

Possible future designs[edit]

 A draft proposal for the flag design displaying 51 stars
Design was proposed in the past, but never officially adopted A draft proposal for the flag design displaying 51 stars
 A draft proposal for the flag design displaying 51 stars
Design was proposed in the past, but never officially adopted A draft proposal for the flag design displaying 51 stars
 United States 51-star flag (proposed by New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico)
Design was proposed in the past, but never officially adopted United States 51-star flag (proposed by New Progressive Party of Puerto Rico)
 A draft proposal for the flag design displaying 52 stars
Design was proposed in the past, but never officially adopted A draft proposal for the flag design displaying 52 stars
 A draft proposal for the flag design displaying 52 stars
Design was proposed in the past, but never officially adopted A draft proposal for the flag design displaying 52 stars
 A draft proposal for the flag design displaying 53 stars
Design was proposed in the past, but never officially adopted A draft proposal for the flag design displaying 53 stars
 A draft proposal for the flag design displaying 54 stars
Design was proposed in the past, but never officially adopted A draft proposal for the flag design displaying 54 stars
 A draft proposal for the flag design displaying 55 stars
Design was proposed in the past, but never officially adopted A draft proposal for the flag design displaying 55 stars

Cabinet-level flags[edit]

Office of the President[edit]

 Flag of the President
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the President
 Flag of the Executive Office of the President
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Executive Office of the President
 Flag of the Trade Representative
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Trade Representative

Office of the Vice President[edit]

 Flag of the Vice President
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Vice President

Department of State[edit]

 Flag of the Department of State
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Department of State
 Flag of the Secretary of State
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Secretary of State
 Flag of the Deputy Secretary of State
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Deputy Secretary of State
 Flag of United States ambassadors
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of United States ambassadors
 Flag of a Consular officer
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Consular officer
 Flag of a Foreign Service officer
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Foreign Service officer

Department of the Treasury[edit]

 Flag of the Department of the Treasury
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Department of the Treasury
 Flag of the Secretary of the Treasury
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Secretary of the Treasury
 Flag of the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Deputy Secretary of the Treasury
 Flag of an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Assistant Secretary of the Treasury
 Flag of an Under Secretary of the Treasury
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Under Secretary of the Treasury
 Flag of the Comptroller of the Currency
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Comptroller of the Currency

Department of Defense[edit]

 Flag of the Secretary of Defense
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Secretary of Defense
 Flag of the Deputy Secretary of Defense
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Deputy Secretary of Defense
 Flag of the National Security Agency
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the National Security Agency
 Flag of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency

Department of Justice[edit]

 Flag of the Department of Justice
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Department of Justice
 Flag of the Attorney General
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Attorney General
 Flag of the Associate Attorney General
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Associate Attorney General
 Flag of the Solicitor General
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Solicitor General
 Flag of an Assistant Attorney General
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Assistant Attorney General
 Flag of an Attorney
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Attorney
 Flag of the Drug Enforcement Administration
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Drug Enforcement Administration
 Flag of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Federal Bureau of Investigation
 Flag of the Marshals Service
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Marshals Service
 Flag of the Marshals Service
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Marshals Service
 Flag of the Federal Bureau of Prisons
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Federal Bureau of Prisons
 Flag of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives

Department of the Interior[edit]

 Flag of the Department of the Interior
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Department of the Interior
 Flag of the Secretary of the Interior
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Secretary of the Interior
 Flag of the National Park Service
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the National Park Service
 Guidon of the National Park Service
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Guidon of the National Park Service
 Flag of the Bureau of Indian Affairs
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Bureau of Indian Affairs
 Flag of the Fish and Wildlife Service
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Fish and Wildlife Service
 Flag of the Bureau of Land Management
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Bureau of Land Management
 Flag of the Geological Survey
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Geological Survey

Department of Agriculture[edit]

 Flag of the Department of Agriculture
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Department of Agriculture
 Flag of the Secretary of Agriculture
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Secretary of Agriculture
 Flag of the Forest Service
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Forest Service

Department of Commerce[edit]

 Flag of the Department of Commerce
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Department of Commerce
 Flag of the Secretary of Commerce
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Secretary of Commerce
 Flag of the Deputy Secretary of Commerce
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Deputy Secretary of Commerce
 Flag of the General Counsel of the Department of Commerce
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the General Counsel of the Department of Commerce
 Flag of the Head of a Department of Commerce Primary Operating Unit
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Head of a Department of Commerce Primary Operating Unit
 Flag of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration

Department of Labor[edit]

 Flag of the Department of Labor
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Department of Labor
 Flag of the Secretary of Labor
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Secretary of Labor

Department of Health and Human Services[edit]

 Flag of the Department of Health and Human Services
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Department of Health and Human Services
 Flag of the Secretary of Health and Human Services
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Secretary of Health and Human Services
 Flag of the Public Health Service
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Public Health Service
 Flag of the Surgeon General
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Surgeon General

Department of Housing and Urban Development[edit]

 Flag of the Department of Housing and Urban Development
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Department of Housing and Urban Development

Department of Transportation[edit]

 Flag of the Department of Transportation
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Department of Transportation
 Flag of the Secretary of Transportation
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Secretary of Transportation
 Flag of the Deputy Secretary of Transportation
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Deputy Secretary of Transportation
 Flag of an Assistant Secretary of Transportation
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Assistant Secretary of Transportation
 Flag of the Federal Aviation Administration
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Federal Aviation Administration
 Flag of the Maritime Administration
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Maritime Administration

Department of Energy[edit]

 Flag of the Department of Energy
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Department of Energy
 Flag of the Secretary of Energy
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Secretary of Energy

Department of Education[edit]

 Flag of the Department of Education
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Department of Education
 Flag of the Secretary of Education
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Secretary of Education

Department of Veterans Affairs[edit]

 Flag of the Department of Veterans Affairs
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Department of Veterans Affairs
 Flag of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Secretary of Veterans Affairs
 Flag of the Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Deputy Secretary of Veterans Affairs
 Flag of the Director of the National Cemetery System
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Director of the National Cemetery System
 Flag of an Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Assistant Secretary of Veterans Affairs

Department of Homeland Security[edit]

 Flag of the Department of Homeland Security
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Department of Homeland Security
 Flag of Customs and Border Protection
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of Customs and Border Protection
 Flag of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of Immigration and Customs Enforcement
 Flag of the Border Patrol
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Border Patrol
 Flag of the Secret Service
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Secret Service

Other federal flags[edit]

Many agencies, departments, and offices of the U.S. federal government have their own flags, guidons, or standards. Following traditional American vexillology, these usually consist of the agency's departmental seal on a blank opaque background, but not always.

 Flag of the Central Intelligence Agency
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Central Intelligence Agency
 Flag of the Environmental Protection Agency
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Environmental Protection Agency
 Flag of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration
 Flag of the Securities and Exchange Commission
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Securities and Exchange Commission
Flag of the Peace Corps
Flag of the Peace Corps
Flag of the Library of Congress
Flag of the Library of Congress
Flag of the Tennessee Valley Authority
Flag of the Tennessee Valley Authority
Flag of the Government Accountability Office
Flag of the Government Accountability Office
 Flag of the Federal Trade Commission
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Federal Trade Commission
 Flag of the National Science Foundation
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the National Science Foundation
 Flag of the Smithsonian Institution
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Smithsonian Institution
 Flag of the House of Representatives
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the House of Representatives
 Flag of the Speaker of the House of Representatives
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Speaker of the House of Representatives
 Flag of the Senate
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Senate
 Flag of the Federal Reserve System
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Federal Reserve System
 Flag of the Senior Executive Service
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Senior Executive Service
 Flag of the Social Security Administration
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Social Security Administration
 Flag of the Capitol Police
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Capitol Police
 Flag of the Chief of the National Guard Bureau
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Chief of the National Guard Bureau

Uniformed services flags[edit]

Army[edit]

 Flag of the Army
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Army
 Flag of the Secretary of the Army
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Secretary of the Army
 Flag of the Under Secretary of the Army
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Under Secretary of the Army
 Flag of the Chief of Staff of the Army
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Chief of Staff of the Army
 Flag of the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Vice Chief of Staff of the Army
 Flag of the Surgeon General of the Army
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Surgeon General of the Army
 Flag of an Army general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Army general
 Flag of an Army lieutenant general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Army lieutenant general
 Flag of an Army major general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Army major general
 Flag of an Army brigadier general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Army brigadier general
 Flag of the 29th Infantry Division
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the 29th Infantry Division

Marine Corps[edit]

 Flag of the Marine Corps
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Marine Corps
 Flag of the Commandant of the Marine Corps
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Commandant of the Marine Corps
 Flag of a Marine Corps general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Marine Corps general
 Flag of a Marine Corps lieutenant general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Marine Corps lieutenant general
 Flag of a Marine Corps major general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Marine Corps major general
 Flag of a Marine Corps brigadier general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Marine Corps brigadier general

Navy[edit]

 Flag of the Navy
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Navy
 Flag of the Secretary of the Navy
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Secretary of the Navy
 Flag of the Under Secretary of the Navy
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Under Secretary of the Navy
 Flag of the Chief of Naval Operations
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Chief of Naval Operations
 Flag of the Vice Chief of Naval Operations
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Vice Chief of Naval Operations
 Flag of a Navy admiral
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Navy admiral
 Flag of a Navy vice admiral
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Navy vice admiral
 Flag of a Navy rear admiral
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Navy rear admiral
 Flag of a Navy rear admiral (lower half)
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Navy rear admiral (lower half)

Air Force[edit]

 Flag of the Air Force
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Air Force
 Flag of the Secretary of the Air Force
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Secretary of the Air Force
 Flag of the Under Secretary of the Air Force
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Under Secretary of the Air Force
 Flag of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Chief of Staff of the Air Force
 Flag of the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Vice Chief of Staff of the Air Force
 Flag of an Air Force general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Air Force general
 Flag of an Air Force lieutenant general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Air Force lieutenant general
 Flag of an Air Force major general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Air Force major general
 Flag of an Air Force brigadier general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Air Force brigadier general

Coast Guard[edit]

 Flag of the Coast Guard
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Coast Guard
 Flag of the Coast Guard Auxiliary
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Coast Guard Auxiliary
 Flag of the Commandant of the Coast Guard
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Commandant of the Coast Guard
 Flag of the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Vice Commandant of the Coast Guard
 Flag of a Coast Guard admiral
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Coast Guard admiral
 Flag of a Coast Guard vice admiral
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Coast Guard vice admiral
 Flag of a Coast Guard rear admiral
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Coast Guard rear admiral
 Flag of a Coast Guard rear admiral (lower half)
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Coast Guard rear admiral (lower half)

NOAA Officer Corps[edit]

 Flag of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration Commissioned Officer Corps

State flags[edit]

Every U.S. state also have flags of their own. As examples, here are the six highest-rated U.S. state flags in terms of design quality, according to a 2001 survey by the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA).[1]

 New Mexico
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side New Mexico
 Texas
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Texas
 Maryland
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Maryland
 Alaska
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Alaska
 Arizona
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Arizona
 South Carolina
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side South Carolina

Territorial and commonwealth flags[edit]

 Puerto Rico (territory with commonwealth status)
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Puerto Rico (territory with commonwealth status)
 Guam (territory)
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Guam (territory)
 American Samoa (territory)
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side American Samoa (territory)
 U.S. Virgin Islands (territory)
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side U.S. Virgin Islands (territory)
 Northern Mariana Islands (commonwealth in political union)
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Northern Mariana Islands (commonwealth in political union)

Insular area flags[edit]

The U.S. national flag is the official flag for all islands, atolls, and reefs comprising the United States Minor Outlying Islands. However, unofficial flags are in use on five of these eleven insular areas:

 Johnston Atoll
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Johnston Atoll
 Midway Atoll
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Midway Atoll
 Navassa Island
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Navassa Island
 Palmyra Atoll
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Palmyra Atoll
 Wake Island
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Wake Island

County flags[edit]

Many U.S. counties also have flags of their own. As examples, here are 8 county flags from various U.S. states.

 Flag of Kings County, CA
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of Kings County, CA
 Flag of Miami-Dade County, FL
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of Miami-Dade County, FL
 Flag of Montgomery County, MD
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of Montgomery County, MD
 Flag of Prince George's County, MD
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of Prince George's County, MD
 Flag of Alamance County, NC
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of Alamance County, NC
 Flag of Montgomery County, PA
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of Montgomery County, PA
 Flag of Dallas County, TX
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of Dallas County, TX
 Flag of Pierce County, WA
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of Pierce County, WA

City flags[edit]

In 2004, NAVA conducted a survey to rank 150 U.S. city flags in terms of design quality.[2] Here are the top 8 city flags as ranked and their mean ratings on the survey's 10-point scale:

 Flag of Washington, D.C.(9.17)
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of Washington, D.C.
(9.17)
 Flag of Chicago, IL(9.03)
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of Chicago, IL
(9.03)
 Flag of Denver, CO(8.86)
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of Denver, CO
(8.86)
Flag of Phoenix, AZ (image)(8.65)
Flag of Phoenix, AZ (image)
(8.65)
 Flag of St. Louis, MO(8.56)
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of St. Louis, MO
(8.56)
 Flag of Wichita, KS(8.41)
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of Wichita, KS
(8.41)
 Flag of Portland, OR(8.38)
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of Portland, OR
(8.38)
 Flag of Indianapolis, IN(8.35)
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of Indianapolis, IN
(8.35)

Maritime flags[edit]

Ensigns[edit]

National[edit]

Since 1777, the national ensign of the United States has also simultaneously served as its national flag. The current version is shown below; for previous versions, please see the section Historical progression of designs above.

 Ensign of the United States (1960-present)
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Ensign of the United States (1960-present)
 Grand Union Flag (naval ensign, 1775–1777)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Grand Union Flag (naval ensign, 1775–1777)
 Civil Ensign (circa 1776)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Civil Ensign (circa 1776)

State[edit]

Naval and Maritime Flag of Massachusetts
Naval and Maritime Flag of Massachusetts
Merchant and Marine Flag of Maine
Merchant and Marine Flag of Maine

Other[edit]

 Ensign of the Coast Guard
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Ensign of the Coast Guard
Ensign of the Power Squadrons
Ensign of the Power Squadrons
Yacht ensign
Yacht ensign
Jacks[edit]
 Union Jack (state jack, 2002–present; naval and state jack, 1960–2002)
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Union Jack (state jack, 2002–present; naval and state jack, 1960–2002)
 First Navy Jack (naval jack, 2002–present)
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side First Navy Jack (naval jack, 2002–present)
 Naval Jack (circa 1776)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Naval Jack (circa 1776)

Native American tribal flags[edit]

 Flag of the Arapaho
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Arapaho
 Flag of the Cherokee Nation
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Cherokee Nation
 Flag of the Sac and Fox
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Sac and Fox

Historic flags[edit]

American Revolutionary War[edit]

 Cowpens flag
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Cowpens flag
 Betsy Ross flag
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Betsy Ross flag
 Brandywine flag
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Brandywine flag
 Easton Flag
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Easton Flag
 Bedford Flag (1775)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Bedford Flag (1775)
 Guilford Courthouse flag
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Guilford Courthouse flag
 Bunker Hill flag
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Bunker Hill flag
 Continental Flag
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Continental Flag
 Serapis flag
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Serapis flag
 Gadsden Flag
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Gadsden Flag
 Moultrie Liberty Flag
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Moultrie Liberty Flag

Former federal flags[edit]

 Flag of the President (1899)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the President (1899)
 Flag of the President (1902)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the President (1902)
 Flag of the President (1916)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the President (1916)
 Flag of the President (1945)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the President (1945)
 Flag of the Vice President (1915)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Vice President (1915)
 Flag of the Vice President (1936)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Vice President (1936)
 Flag of the Vice President (1948)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Vice President (1948)
 Flag of the Vice President (1975)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Vice President (1975)
 Flag of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey (1899-1970)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the United States Coast and Geodetic Survey (1899-1970)
 Flag of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (until 2003)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Federal Emergency Management Agency (until 2003)
 Flag of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (until 2003)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (until 2003)
 Flag of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
 Flag of the Department of the Interior (until 1917)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Department of the Interior (until 1917)
 Flag of the Secretary of the Interior (1917-1934)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Secretary of the Interior (1917-1934)
 Infantry Battalion flag (de facto flag of the U.S. Navy until 1959)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Infantry Battalion flag (de facto flag of the U.S. Navy until 1959)
 Flag of the Secretary of Labor (1915-1960)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Secretary of Labor (1915-1960)
 Flag of the Department of Labor (1915-1960)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Department of Labor (1915-1960)
 Flag of the Secretary of the Treasury (1887-1915)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Secretary of the Treasury (1887-1915)
 Flag of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Department of Health, Education, and Welfare
 Flag of the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Secretary of Health, Education, and Welfare
 Flag of the Under Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Under Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare
 Flag of the Assistant Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Assistant Secretary of Health, Education and Welfare
 Flag of the Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Public Health and Marine-Hospital Service
 Flag of the Marine Hospital Service
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Marine Hospital Service
 Flag of the Bureau of Navigation (1838-1946) ( ? -1946)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Bureau of Navigation (1838-1946) ( ? -1946)
 Flag of the Director of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation ( ? -1946)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Director of the Bureau of Marine Inspection and Navigation ( ? -1946)
 Ensign of the Revenue-Marine (1836)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Ensign of the Revenue-Marine (1836)
 Ensign of the Revenue-Marine (1841)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Ensign of the Revenue-Marine (1841)
 Ensign of the Revenue-Marine (1867)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Ensign of the Revenue-Marine (1867)
 Ensign of the Revenue-Marine (1868)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Ensign of the Revenue-Marine (1868)
 Ensign of the Coast Guard (1915-1953)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Ensign of the Coast Guard (1915-1953)
 Flag of the Coast Guard Auxiliary (1940-1968)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Coast Guard Auxiliary (1940-1968)
 Flag of the Office of Homeland Security (2001-2002)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Office of Homeland Security (2001-2002)
 Flag of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency
 Flag of the General Accounting Office
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the General Accounting Office
 Boat flag (1912-1916)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Boat flag (1912-1916)
 Flag of U.S. Forces – Iraq (2010-2011)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of U.S. Forces – Iraq (2010-2011)
 Flag of the United States Bureau of Fisheries ( ? -1940)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the United States Bureau of Fisheries ( ? -1940)
 Flag of the Commissioner of Fisheries ( ? -1940)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Commissioner of Fisheries ( ? -1940)
 Pennant of theUnited States Life-Saving Service( ? -1915)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Pennant of the
United States Life-Saving Service
( ? -1915)
 Pennant of the United States Lighthouse Service( ? -1939)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Pennant of the United States Lighthouse Service
( ? -1939)
 Flag of the Commissioner of Lighthouses( ? -1939)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Commissioner of Lighthouses
( ? -1939)
 Flag of the Superintendent of Lighthouses( ? -1939)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Superintendent of Lighthouses
( ? -1939)
 Flag of the Marine Corps(1914-1939)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Marine Corps
(1914-1939)
 Fort Sumter Flag (1861)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Fort Sumter Flag (1861)

Other states[edit]

 Flag of the Green Mountain Boys, the Vermont Republic (1777-1791), and the state of Vermont (1791-1804)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Green Mountain Boys, the Vermont Republic (1777-1791), and the state of Vermont (1791-1804)
 Texas Come and Take It flag
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Texas Come and Take It flag
 Flag of the California Republic
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the California Republic
 Flag of the Republic of West Florida (1810)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Republic of West Florida (1810)
 Flag of the State of Muskogee (1797-1803)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the State of Muskogee (1797-1803)
 J.P Gillis Flag (California)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned J.P Gillis Flag (California)
 Alamo flag (Texas)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Alamo flag (Texas)
 Flag of Richmond, Virginia (1914-1933)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Richmond, Virginia (1914-1933)
 Flag of Falls County, Texas (1986)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Falls County, Texas (1986)
 Flag of Anne Arundel County, Maryland (until 1997)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Anne Arundel County, Maryland (until 1997)
 Flag of the County of Los Angeles (1967-2004)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the County of Los Angeles (1967-2004)
 Flag of Virginia (1861)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Virginia (1861)
 Flag of Florida (1861)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Florida (1861)
 Flag of Illinois (1915-1969)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Illinois (1915-1969)
 Flag of Rhode Island (1882-1897)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Rhode Island (1882-1897)
 Flag of South Carolina (January 1861)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of South Carolina (January 1861)
 Flag of Montgomery County, Maryland (1944-1976)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Montgomery County, Maryland (1944-1976)
 Flag of Phoenix, Arizona (1921-1990)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Phoenix, Arizona (1921-1990)
 Flag of Puerto Rico (1892)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Puerto Rico (1892)
 Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Puerto Rico (1952-1995)
 Flag of South Dakota (1909-1963)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of South Dakota (1909-1963)
 Flag of South Dakota (1963-1992)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of South Dakota (1963-1992)
 Flag of Georgia (before 1879)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Georgia (before 1879)
 Flag of Georgia (1879–1902)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Georgia (1879–1902)
 Flag of Georgia (1902-1906)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Georgia (1902-1906)
 Flag of Georgia (1906-1920)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Georgia (1906-1920)
 Flag of Georgia (1920-1956)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Georgia (1920-1956)
 Flag of Georgia (2001-2003)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Georgia (2001-2003)
 Flag of Nevada (1905-1915)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Nevada (1905-1915)
 Flag of Nevada (1915-1929)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Nevada (1915-1929)
 Flag of Nevada (1929-1991)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Nevada (1929-1991)
 Flag of Louisiana (January 1861)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Louisiana (January 1861)
 Flag of Louisiana (February 1861)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Louisiana (February 1861)
 Flag of Louisiana (1912-2006)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Louisiana (1912-2006)
 Flag of Louisiana (2006-2010)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Louisiana (2006-2010)
 Flag of Rhode Island (1877-1882)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Rhode Island (1877-1882)
 Flag of Oklahoma (1911-1925)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Oklahoma (1911-1925)
 Flag of Oklahoma (1925-1941)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Oklahoma (1925-1941)
 Flag of Oklahoma (1941-1988)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Oklahoma (1941-1988)
 Flag of Oklahoma (1988-2006)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Oklahoma (1988-2006)
 Flag of West Virginia (1905-1907)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of West Virginia (1905-1907)
 Flag of West Virginia (1907-1929)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of West Virginia (1907-1929)
 Flag of Maine (1901-1909)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Maine (1901-1909)
 Flag of New Hampshire (1909-1931)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of New Hampshire (1909-1931)
 Flag of Utah (1903-1913)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Utah (1903-1913)
 Flag of Utah (1913-2011)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Utah (1913-2011)
 Flag of the City of Jennings (1964-1996
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the City of Jennings (1964-1996
 Flag of Prince George's County (1696-1963)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Prince George's County (1696-1963)
 Flag of Prince George's County (1963-1971)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of Prince George's County (1963-1971)

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2001 State/Provincial Flag Survey New Mexico Tops State/Provincial Flags Survey, Georgia Loses By Wide Margin". North American Vexillological Association. 
  2. ^ Nava - American City Flags Survey

External links[edit]