The History of the American Flag
Notes on Design:
The United States' flag has alternating red and white horizontal
stripes. They made thirteen stripes to represent the thirteen colonies.
The number of stars on the blue field represent the number of colonies
or states in existence at the time. As time went on, there were fifteen
stars and fifteen stripes, but it soon became clear that the flag would
become too long. Congress decreed that after July 4, 1818 there would
only be thirteen stripes to represent the thirteen original colonies and
that there would be one star for each state. However, any time a new
state was admitted, a new star would be added on the next fourth of July.
Flag of the United Kingdom
United States National Flag (1776-1777)
United States National Flag (1777-1795)
United States National Flag (1795-1818)
Whenever a new state is admitted, a new design must be announced.
Other Important Designs
New England Flag or Flag of Bunker Hill
The Valley Forge Flag
Flag of the Commander in Chief of the Continental Navy