Frequently Asked Questions
How many stars and stripes are on the flag?
There are 50 stars representing the 50
states and there are 13 stripes representing the 13 original
Flag: thirteen equal horizontal stripes of
red (top and bottom) alternating with white; there is a blue
rectangle in the upper hoist-side corner bearing 50 small
white five-pointed stars arranged in nine offset horizontal
rows of six stars (top and bottom) alternating with rows of
five stars; the 50 stars represent the 50 states, the 13
stripes represent the 13 original colonies; known as Old
Glory; the design and colors have been the basis for a
number of other flags including Chile, Liberia, Malaysia,
and Puerto Rico
When are new stars added to the flag?
A new star is added to the flag on the July
4th following the entry into the Union of the new state.
What are the specifications for the colors
of the flag?
In the Pantone system the colors are: Blue
PMS 282 and Red PMS 193.
Where to buy American flag?
You can buy flags for each state on
Who made the first flag and when?
Betsy Ross, made the first flag. Information
on Betsy Ross, the history of the flag and on flag etiquette
may be found at the Betsy Ross Home Page (http://www.libertynet.org/iha/betsy)
maintained by the Independence Hall Association of