Historical US Flags
EVOLUTION OF OLD GLORY
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.