U.S. Flag Quiz
The colors of the 13 red and white stripes symbolize:
- There has never been an official or documented explanation for the color scheme of the U.S. flag.
The flag has 13 stripes. How many of them are red?
- There are seven red stripes and six white ones. (A red stripe is at the top and bottom.)
- The U.S. Army commissioned Mary Pickersgill, a professional flagmaker in Baltimore, Md., to make two flags for Fort McHenry, one of which was the flag that Francis Scott Key witnessed flying over the fort during and after the bombardment. The flag is now at the Smithsonian Museum of American History in Washington, DC.
Who designed the first official U.S. flag?
- It's not known for certain who designed the first U.S. flag, but it is likely that the flag was designed by Declaration of Independence signer Francis Hopkinson.
Nicknames for the U.S. flag include:
- It is not known when the flag was first called the "Stars and Stripes," but the nickname "Old Glory" was applied to the flag for the first time in 1831 by a sea captain named William Driver.
According to the U.S. Flag Code, the U.S. flag should never be:
- According to the code, the flag should be raised briskly, and under certain circumstances it may be flown at night.
- June 14 is now celebrated as Flag Day.
The last new star was added to the flag in which year? It was the year after Hawaii became the 50th state.
- Hawaii joined the Union on Aug. 21, 1959, and the new star was added to the flag the following Fourth of July.
The first official U.S. flag had:
- Although earlier flags had a British Union Jack or the motto "Don't Tread on Me," the first flag approved by the Continental Congress had thirteen stars on a field of blue and thirteen stripes.