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History of the flags of the United States

A 2.00m x 1.70m oil painting showing historical U.S. flags..

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.

Contents

  • National flag 1
    • Historical progression of designs 1.1
    • Other historical versions 1.2
    • Possible future designs 1.3
  • Executive branch flags 2
    • Office of the President 2.1
    • Office of the Vice President 2.2
    • Department of State 2.3
    • Department of the Treasury 2.4
    • Department of Defense 2.5
    • Department of Justice 2.6
    • Department of the Interior 2.7
    • Department of Agriculture 2.8
    • Department of Commerce 2.9
    • Department of Labor 2.10
    • Department of Health and Human Services 2.11
    • Department of Housing and Urban Development 2.12
    • Department of Transportation 2.13
    • Department of Energy 2.14
    • Department of Education 2.15
    • Department of Veterans Affairs 2.16
    • Department of Homeland Security 2.17
  • Other federal flags 3
    • Uniformed services flags 3.1
      • Army 3.1.1
      • Marine Corps 3.1.2
      • Navy 3.1.3
      • Air Force 3.1.4
      • Coast Guard 3.1.5
      • NOAA Officer Corps 3.1.6
  • State flags 4
  • Territorial and commonwealth flags 5
    • Uninhabited territory flags 5.1
  • Associated state flags 6
  • County flags 7
    • Municipal organizations 7.1
  • City flags 8
    • Municipal organizations 8.1
  • Maritime flags 9
    • Ensigns 9.1
      • National 9.1.1
      • State 9.1.2
      • Other 9.1.3
        • Jacks 9.1.3.1
  • Native American tribal flags 10
  • Historical flags 11
    • American Revolutionary War 11.1
    • Former federal flags 11.2
    • Other states 11.3
  • See also 12
  • References 13
  • External links 14

National flag

Historical progression of designs

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.

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

Other historical versions

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

Possible future designs

Design was proposed in the past, but never officially adopted 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
Design was proposed in the past, but never officially adopted 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
Design was proposed in the past, but never officially adopted 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)
Design was proposed in the past, but never officially adopted 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
Design was proposed in the past, but never officially adopted 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
Design was proposed in the past, but never officially adopted 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
Design was proposed in the past, but never officially adopted 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
Design was proposed in the past, but never officially adopted 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
Design was proposed in the past, but never officially adopted A draft proposal for the flag design displaying 96 stars
Design was proposed in the past, but never officially adopted A draft proposal for the flag design displaying 96 stars

Executive branch flags

Office of the President

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

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

Department of State

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

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

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

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

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

Department of Agriculture

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

Department of Commerce

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

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

Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Public Health Service
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Public Health Service
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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

Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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

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

Department of Energy

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

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

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

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

Other federal flags

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.

Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Central Intelligence Agency
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Central Intelligence Agency
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Environmental Protection Agency
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Environmental Protection Agency
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Federal Trade Commission
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Federal Trade Commission
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the National Science Foundation
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the National Science Foundation
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Smithsonian Institution
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Smithsonian Institution
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the House of Representatives
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the House of Representatives
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Senate
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Senate
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Federal Reserve System
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Federal Reserve System
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Senior Executive Service
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Senior Executive Service
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Social Security Administration
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Social Security Administration
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Capitol Police
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Capitol Police
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Defense Commissary Agency
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Defense Commissary Agency

Uniformed services flags

Army

Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Army
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Army
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Secretary of the Army
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Secretary of the Army
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Army general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Army general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Army lieutenant general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Army lieutenant general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Army major general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Army major general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Army brigadier general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Army brigadier general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the 29th Infantry Division
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the 29th Infantry Division

Marine Corps

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

Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Navy
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Navy
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Secretary of the Navy
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Secretary of the Navy
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Chief of Naval Operations
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Chief of Naval Operations
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Navy admiral
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Navy admiral
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Navy vice admiral
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Navy vice admiral
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Navy rear admiral
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Navy rear admiral
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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

Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Air Force
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Air Force
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Air Force general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Air Force general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Air Force lieutenant general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Air Force lieutenant general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Air Force major general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of an Air Force major general
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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

Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Coast Guard
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Coast Guard
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Guidon of the Coast Guard
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Guidon of the Coast Guard
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Coast Guard Auxiliary
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of the Coast Guard Auxiliary
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Coast Guard admiral
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Coast Guard admiral
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Coast Guard vice admiral
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Coast Guard vice admiral
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Coast Guard rear admiral
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Flag of a Coast Guard rear admiral
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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

Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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

Territorial and commonwealth flags

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

Uninhabited territory flags

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

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

Associated state flags

While the countries mentioned are recognized independent nations with UN seats, the U.S. maintains and exercises jurisdictional control over the countries in defense, security, and funding grants.

Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Marshall Islands
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Marshall Islands
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Micronesia
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Micronesia
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Palau
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side Palau

County flags

Municipal organizations

Flag of the Los Angeles County Fire Department
Flag of the Los Angeles County Fire Department
Flag of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department
Flag of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department

City flags

Municipal organizations

Flag of the Los Angeles Police Department
Flag of the Los Angeles Police Department
Flag of the New York City Police Department
Flag of the New York City Police Department
Flag of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia
Flag of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia

Maritime flags

Ensigns

National

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.

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

State

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

Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side 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)
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side First Navy Jack (naval jack, 2002–present)
Normal or de jure version of flag, or obverse side First Navy Jack (naval jack, 2002–present)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Naval Jack (circa 1776)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Naval Jack (circa 1776)

Native American tribal flags

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

Historical flags

American Revolutionary War

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

Former federal flags

Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the President (1899)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the President (1899)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the President (1902)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the President (1902)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the President (1916)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the President (1916)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the President (1945)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the President (1945)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Vice President (1915)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Vice President (1915)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Vice President (1936)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Vice President (1936)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Vice President (1948)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Vice President (1948)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Vice President (1975)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Vice President (1975)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 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)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 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)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 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)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Immigration and Naturalization Service
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 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)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 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)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 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)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Secretary of Labor (1915-1960)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Secretary of Labor (1915-1960)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Department of Labor (1915-1960)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Department of Labor (1915-1960)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 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)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 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
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 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
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 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
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 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
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 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
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Marine Hospital Service
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Marine Hospital Service
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 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)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 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)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Ensign of the Revenue-Marine (1836)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Ensign of the Revenue-Marine (1836)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Ensign of the Revenue-Marine (1841)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Ensign of the Revenue-Marine (1841)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Ensign of the Revenue-Marine (1867)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Ensign of the Revenue-Marine (1867)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Ensign of the Revenue-Marine (1868)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Ensign of the Revenue-Marine (1868)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Ensign of the Coast Guard (1915-1953)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Ensign of the Coast Guard (1915-1953)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Coast Guard Auxiliary (1940-1968)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Coast Guard Auxiliary (1940-1968)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 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)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the National Imagery and Mapping Agency
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the General Accounting Office
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the General Accounting Office
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Boat flag (1912-1916)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Boat flag (1912-1916)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of U.S. Forces – Iraq (2010-2011)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of U.S. Forces – Iraq (2010-2011)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 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)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Commissioner of Fisheries ( ? -1940)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Commissioner of Fisheries ( ? -1940)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned 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)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Pennant of the United States Lighthouse Service( ? -1939)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Pennant of the United States Lighthouse Service
( ? -1939)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Commissioner of Lighthouses( ? -1939)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Commissioner of Lighthouses
( ? -1939)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Superintendent of Lighthouses( ? -1939)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Superintendent of Lighthouses
( ? -1939)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Marine Corps(1914-1939)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Marine Corps
(1914-1939)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Fort Sumter Flag (1861)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Fort Sumter Flag (1861)

Other states

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)
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)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Texas Come and Take It flag
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Texas Come and Take It flag
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the California Republic
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the California Republic
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Republic of West Florida (1810)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the Republic of West Florida (1810)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the State of Muskogee (1797-1803)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Flag of the State of Muskogee (1797-1803)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned J.P Gillis Flag (California)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned J.P Gillis Flag (California)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Alamo flag (Texas)
Design used in the past, but now abandoned Alamo flag (Texas)

See also

References

External links

  • The History of U.S. Flags (YouTube) (Slideshow on U.S. National Flags Historical Progression)
  • United States Minor Outlying Islands at Flags of the World
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