American Flag Facts

What is the history of the American flag?

The origins of the Stars and Stripes have become part of American folklore. It is widely believed that Betsy Ross made the first American flag. However, various towns in colonial America have claimed to be the birthplace of the Stars and Stripes.

We know that on June 14, 1777, the Continental Congress adopted the Stars and Stripes as the official flag for the United States of America.

The Declaration of Independence made this resolution necessary. Previously, each colony had their own flag, which they flew on colonial vessels. England considered these armed vessels pirate ships and hanged their crews when they were captured.

The American flag was designed to represent the new union of the thirteen original states: it would have thirteen stripes, alternate red and white, and thirteen stars, white on a blue field.

One of the first flags had the stars arranged in a circle, based on the idea that all colonies were equal. The thirteen stripes, resting side by side, represented the struggle for independence; red stood for valor, white signified purity and blue represented loyalty.

In 1818, after a few design changes, the United States Congress decided to retain the flag's original thirteen stripes and add new stars to reflect each new state that entered the union.

When are stars added to the American flag?

Traditionally, a new star is added to the American flag on the Fourth of July following the admission of a new state. This practice began with the Act of April 4, 1818, which established the current system of having one star for each state.

However, there have been a few exceptions. For instance, the 49-star flag was officially adopted in 1959 to accommodate Alaska's statehood, even though July 4th had already passed that year. The 50-star flag followed suit in 1960 after Hawaii became a state.

Why are flags flown at half-staff?

Flags are flown at half-staff as a sign of mourning or respect. There are specific protocols for flying flags at half-staff, which can vary depending on the occasion. Many government websites, like the White House website and your state government website, will have a dedicated section for news releases or proclamations that might include half-staff orders. Click here to review if there's a half-staff order.

When is Flag Day?

Flag Day is celebrated in the United States on June 14th each year. It is a day to commemorate the adoption of the American flag.

Purchasing American Flags

Where to buy American flags, flags of the world, custom flags, military flags, and flags online?

You can purchase a variety of flags, including American flags, flags of the world, custom flags, military flags, and more online at Dover Flag's website: https://doverflag.com/

Do you sell small American flags?

At this time we only offer the 3 sizes. Contact us at info@doverflag.com for more products

Where are your flags made?

We take pride in offering the highest quality American flags, handcrafted right here in southeastern Wisconsin. But why choose an American-made flag? It's a powerful symbol of patriotism, but it also goes beyond that.

By choosing Dover Flag, you're directly contributing to American jobs and keeping our economy strong. Stricter quality control standards in the US ensure a flag built to last, with vibrant colors and durable materials that fly proudly through any weather. Plus, Dover Flag sources materials locally, minimizing transportation impact and supporting fellow Wisconsin businesses.

In the end, choosing an American-made flag from Dover Flag isn't just about displaying national pride; it's a conscious choice to support American workers, quality craftsmanship, and a sustainable future. Browse our selection today and find the perfect American flag to fly with confidence!

Are your materials from sources in the USA?

Yes, Dover Flag uses materials that are sourced and crafted in America. They are proud to offer flags that bolster the American economy while showing pride in American craftsmanship.

How can I leave Dover Flag a positive review on Google?

We welcome your reviews! Thank you for supporting our American-made flags. You can leave a review here: https://g.page/r/Cf8QdHo0JIGUEB0/review.

Care & Keeping of American Flags

How do I wash my flag?

The safest way to wash a flag made by Dover Flag is to hand wash it in cool water with a mild soap or laundry detergent. To dry the flag, hang it on a clothesline or drying rack and allow it to air dry. Some dry cleaners will also dry clean American flags free of charge!

How do I fold an American Flag?

To fold the flag traditionally, you'll ideally need two people to keep it from touching the ground.

  • Lay flag flat, stripes facing you, stars up.
  • Fold lengthwise twice, hiding stars with stripes.
  • Start at open striped end, fold diagonally down in triangles one at a time.
  • Each triangle fold should cover the previous red stripe.
  • Tuck remaining blue triangle underneath for a clean, star-concealed shape.

You can find more detailed instructions and video tutorials online. Here’s an example: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFtv7MGLC9Q

What is the proper way to display a flag?

The proper way to display a flag depends on the situation. Here are some general guidelines:

  • Flagpole: The US Flag shall be flown on its own pole, or at the highest on a shared pole. If multiple poles are shown, the US Flag should be the center most, tallest, or largest when applicable.
  • Wall: When displayed flat against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag's own right (observer's left).
  • Night illumination: If displaying the flag at night, it should be illuminated as best as possible, and always easily visible.
  • Fringe: Exclusively for indoor use, Fringe is decorative edging on some flags. It's not essential but can add a finished look. Ensure the fringe doesn't touch the ground.

How often should I replace my flag?

There's no one-size-fits-all answer, as weather and wear significantly impact how often you should replace your flag. Here are some signs it's time for a new one:

  • Fading or fraying of the fabric
  • Tears or holes
  • Difficulty flying freely due to stiffening

We recommend inspecting your flag regularly, especially after harsh weather conditions.

Can I fly my flag in bad weather?

You can fly your flag in most weather conditions. However, for safety reasons, consider taking it down in extreme weather like:

  • Strong winds (risk of tearing or damage to the flag or pole)
  • Severe thunderstorms (lightning risk)
  • Heavy snowfall or icing (weight can damage the flag or pole)

Do you offer flagpole installation services?

While Dover Flag may not directly offer installation services, they can likely recommend reputable installers in your area.

Custom Flags

Do you do custom flags?

Yes, Dover Flag offers custom flag services. You can design your own flag or work with a designer to create a flag that meets your specific needs.

What is the minimum order quantity for custom flags?

Contact Dover Flag directly to inquire about minimum order quantities for custom flags. Their requirements may vary depending on the complexity of the design.

What file formats do you accept for custom flag designs?

Dover Flag likely accepts common image file formats like .jpg, .png, .eps, and .ai. They can provide specific details on accepted file formats when you contact them about your custom flag project.

What is the turnaround time for custom flag orders?

Turnaround time for custom flag orders can vary depending on the complexity of the design and current order volume. Contact Dover Flag directly to get an accurate estimate for your specific needs.

Customer Service

Do you offer refunds?

Dover Flag offers refunds for certain situations as outlined in their refund policy which can be found here: Dover Flag Refund Policy: https://doverflag.com/policies/refund-policy.

Do you offer discounts for military/veterans?

Dover Flag currently does not advertise specific discounts for military or veterans. However, you can contact them to inquire about any potential promotions they may offer.

How can I contact customer service?

You can contact Dover Flag customer service through their contact form located here: Dover Flag Contact: https://doverflag.com/pages/contact or by email at Info@DoverFlag.com

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