United States Flag

United states America Flag

The flag of the United States of America is a national flag. It has 7 red stripes and 6 white stripes. These 13 stripes represent the original thirteen colonies. The flag also has a blue canton, a rectangle in the top left corner. The canton has 50 stars, one white star for every state. When a new state joins the United States a new flag is made with an extra star. The new flag is first flown on the  July 4th, Independence Day.  This 50 star design was created by Robert G. Heft for a school project.

Symbolism of Flag

The colors in the flag are Red, White and Blue. The colors have no special meaning in the flag, but in the coat of arms white stands for purity and innocence, red for bravery and strength and blue for watchfulness, perseverance and justice.

The flag is also often called the “Stars and Stripes”, the “Star-Spangled Banner” and Old Glory. The national anthem of the United States is a reference to the flag. 13 horizontal red and white stripes, representing the original 13 states. 50 white stars on a blue rectangle in the top-left, representing the current 50 U.S. states. More stars than stripes

United states America flag

Designing of Flag

  • Hoist (height) of the flag: A = 1.0
  • Fly (width) of the flag: B = 1.9
  • Hoist (height) of the canton (“union”): C = 0.5385 (A × 7/13, spanning seven stripes)
  • Fly (width) of the canton: D = 0.76 (B × 2/5, two-fifths of the flag width)
  • E = F = 0.0538 (C/10, One-tenth of the height of the canton)
  • G = H = 0.0633 (D/12, One twelfth of the width of the canton)
  • Diameter of star: K = 0.0616 (L × 4/5, four-fifths of the stripe width, the calculation only gives 0.0616 if L is first rounded to 0.077)
  • Width of stripe: L = 0.0769 (A/13, One thirteenth of the flag height)
  • The common sizes are 2 × 3 ft. or 4 × 6 ft. (flag ratio 1.5), 2.5 × 4 ft. or 5 × 8 ft. (1.6), or 3 × 5 ft. or 6 × 10 ft. (1.667).