Seeing the stars and stripes wave in the sky is a common sight across the country, but the American flag went through many changes to become the iconic symbol we know today. Its rich backstory stretches back to the infancy of the United States, and while some parts of the story are shrouded in hearsay, its origins are well-documented and inspiring.
The American Flag’s Origin
It’s very fitting that the supposed origins of American flag stretch back all the way to the country’s first president, George Washington. According to the popular story, General Washington, then the leader of the Continental Army, requested a Philadelphia seamstress named Betsy Ross to create the first flag from a rough sketch. Originally planned to have six-pointed stars, Ross allegedly proposed a five-pointed designed instead and quickly won over General Washington.
While this story is based on legend, it is known that the first unofficial national flag was raised at General Washington’s headquarters near Boston, MA, on January 1, 1776. Then called the Grand Union Flag or the Continental Colors, the flag featured 13 alternating red and white stripes and the British Union Flag in the corner instead of white stars.
More Stars & Stripes
On June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress approved the first official national flag. Instead of the British Union Flag, the corner design was changed to the more familiar white stars. It was a significantly less-crowded space, however; there were only 13 stars to signify the original 13 colonies.
As time went on and the country continued to expand by adding more states, more and more stars were added. The American flag as it is known today came into use on July 4, 1960, after Hawaii became the fiftieth state.
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