Little Known Facts About the US Flag – Flag Day

June 14, 2015

The design of the flag has been modified 26 times officially since 1777. The 48-star flag was in effect for 47 years until the 49-star version became official on July 4, 1959. The 50-star flag was ordered by President Eisenhower on August 21, 1959 and was adopted in July 1960. It is the longest-used version of the U.S. flag and has been in use for over 54 years.

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Two little known facts:

1) after the first 15 states became actual states (Connecticut, Delaware, Georgia, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire,New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Virginia,Vermont, Kentucky) – all new states became states on July 4th of their respective years.

2) when Alaska became a state on July 4th, 1959 there was a 49 star flag used as the US flag for 1 year.  It consisted of 7 rows of starts with 7 stars in every other row was offset by 1 star width.

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On July 4th, 1960 – Hawaii became a state and the current flag was introduced which created our current stars and stripes edition!

Flag of the United States of America

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