In Honor of National Freedom Day: Fun Facts About the U.S. Flag

American flag against a blue sky with clouds

The flag of the United States of America is a potent symbol recognized around the globe. Over the centuries, it has represented peace, war, unity, rebellion, patriotism, pride, sadness, triumph, and hope. As Americans, we grew up learning about the flag in school and admiring its bright colors and pretty stars fluttering in the breeze during recess. Continue reading

How to Keep Your Outdoor Flags Looking Great All Year-Round

An American home proudly displaying their flag for a patriotic holiday

Many Americans take great pride in flying the U.S. flag outside their homes, but they may not realize that it is a serious violation of flag etiquette to display a damaged flag. How long your flag lasts depends on a number of factors, such as the weather, the materials used, and if the flag is hung continuously. So, how do you keep your outdoor flag looking great all year around? Continue reading

Don’t Tread on Me Flag – Origins and Significance

American history has another important representation that many do not know the meaning of – the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag. Americans are proud and protective of the freedom they have, sometimes even referring to themselves as the world’s freest country. The “Don’t Tread on Me” flag represents a period in history when the United States was still fighting for independence from Great Britain. Its words still resonant today. Continue reading

Ode to Our American Flag – How the Star-Spangled Banner Became National Anthem


Until the War of 1812, the primary function of the American flag was to identify ships and forts. The flag didn’t attract the reverence of the public. It wasn’t until Francis Scott Key wrote a song glorifying it that the flag took on symbolic meaning to Americans. The sight of the flag rallied Key and his fellow prisoners. Continue reading

Top 21 Places to See Historical American Flags

People and nations keep relics, and these relics connect us to our own lives, our family’s experiences, and our nation’s history. These connections help form, in Lincoln’s words, the “mystic chords of union” which tie us together.

Powerful connections are made with historical American flags. They remind us of key events in our nation’s life. Like a 21-gun salute, here are 21 places you can experience these important symbols of the American experience. Continue reading

Flags Around the World Inspired by the American Flag

Flag of the USA

The American flag is iconic. It is instantly recognizable around the world, and it has had an influence on the design of flags from many different countries. Some flags resemble the American flag because of ancestral links, while others have a shared history that is celebrated or remembered through similar colors or designs. Continue reading