Historical US Flags


Shown here are the 27 legal flags flown throughout our history, with effective date(s) and state addition(s) that changed the star field. By law, a star is added to the U.S. Flag on the 4th of July following the admission of a State(s) to the Union. Contrary to popular belief, the first official U.S. Flag was not the Betsy Ross Flag (13 stars in a circle) but the staggered star pattern shown in the below 13- star flag. It is important to note that no U.S. Flag ever becomes obsolete. Each flag shown is still a legal flag and may be flown at any time.

California Republic

Fleur-de-Lis (Blue)

Fleur-de-Lis (White)

Fleur-de-Lis (White)

General Lee's Headquarters

Green Mountain Boys

Guilford Courthouse

Philadelphia Light

Horse Troop

Rhode Island Regiment

Royal Standard of Spain

Russian American Company

Sons of Liberty

Washington's Commander-in-Chief

Washington's Cruisers