U.S. Flag Legends

A Flag Day collection of legends associated with the Stars & Stripes.

A Flag Day collection of legends associated with the Stars & Stripes.

Flag Day, established in 1916 by proclamation of President Woodrow Wilson (and signed into law by President Harry Truman in 1949), commemorates the adoption of the design of the U.S. flag on 14 June 1777 by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.

According to legend, George Washington commissioned Philadelphia seamstress Betsy Ross to create the first flag for the new nation in 1776. Surprisingly, the arrangement of the stars on the blue canton of the U.S. flag varied according to flag-makers’ preferences until President Taft finally standardized it, designating that the then-new flag’s forty-eight stars should be displayed in six rows of eight. To date there have been twenty-seven official versions of the U.S. flag, with the current version having been adopted on 4 July 1960 to incorporate the inclusion of a star for Hawaii (which became the fiftieth state on 21 August 1959).

In honor of Flag Day, we present here a collection of some of the legends associated with the Stars & Stripes that have been added to the pages of snopes.com over the years.


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