Flag of the United States of America | USA Flag Facts

Flag of the United States of America | USA Flag Facts

The flag of the United States of America often referred to as the American flag, is the national flag of the United States. It was mentioned for the first time in 1777. Its author was probably Congressman Francis Hopkinson, who took inspiration from the flag of Sons of Liberty – a group of activists protesting against the introduction of English customs in the American colonies.

It consists of thirteen equal horizontal stripes of red (top and bottom) alternating with white, with a blue rectangle in the canton (referred to specifically as the “union”) bearing fifty small, white, five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal rows, where rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternate with rows of five stars.

The 50 stars on the flag represent the 50 states of the United States of America, and the 13 stripes represent the thirteen British colonies that declared independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain, and became the first states in the U.S. Nicknames for the flag include the Stars and Stripes, Old Glory, and the Star-Spangled Banner.

 

What is the official name of the Flag?
Ans: Old Glory, and the Star-Spangled Banner.

In Which Year the National flag is adopted?
Ans: in 1777.

What are the colors of the flag?
Ans: Red, White, And Blue

Who is the designer of the Flag?
Ans: Francis Hopkinson

 

History of The Flag

The current United States flag is actually the 27th version since the first flag was flown in 1776 at the time of the signing of the Declaration of Independence. The nation’s first flag was known as “the Continental Colors” or “the Grand Union flag.” It did not feature any stars, instead featuring a Union Jack in the canton of the flag.

Following the Flag Resolution of 1777, the first flag was designed by Francis Hopkinson, a man that was a naval flag designer. From 1777 through 1795, there were four different U.S. flag designs, each with 13 red and white stripes and 13 stars. The differences in these flags lied in how the stars were arranged in the canton, with some in lines, while others in a circular pattern.

Between 1795 and 1818, there were two more flag designs, this time incorporating 15 stars. In 1819, a new flag was created with 20 stars, and this flag lasted just one year before another was created with 21 stars. In 1820, another flag was created with 23 stars. This trend continued until the flag that is used today boasting 50 stars for 50 states was introduced in 1960. It has been the longest flag in use in America’s history.