June 14, 1777
The Continental Congress approves the design of the American flag.
The maker remains a mystery.
The Final Resolution:
“… the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
The Continental Congress approved the official design of the national flag in 1777, during the Revolutionary War. Some suggest the British flag inspired the use of red, white and blue, though these colors came to represent virtues: purity, valor and perseverance.
Who Made The First Flag?
- It remains one of the great mysteries of American history.
- Common lore suggests Betsy Ross, a seamstress in Philadelphia – the city where the Continental Congress met.
- Surprisingly, no facts support or document this story, nor confirm a competing claim that a Congressman from New Jersey designed it.
- Historians generally agree Ross likely knew Gen. Washington & sewed flags in her family’s shop.
Pres. Woodrow Wilson proclaimed June 14th "Flag Day" in 1916, but it didn't become an official day until 1949 when Pres. Harry Truman signed it into law. Why does the flag get folded 13 times? Each fold has a meaning. Read more at "How To Properly Fold A Flag" on our source page.
The History of the American Flag
by Jenna Lee,