American Flags

ABOUT OUR AMERICAN FLAGS

Nylon American flags are the most common outdoor American flag on the market. They are durable and lightweight. The nylon flags sold at Gettysburg Flag Works, are all sewn with a lock-stitch (not a chain stitch, which comes unraveled), and have embroidered stars (or applique stars on flags that are 8’x12' and larger). Our nylon resists fading and has extra stitching rows on the fly end for additional durability. They are available with traditional grommets or as an American flag banner with a sleeve for mounting.

Two-ply polyester flags are made using a very heavy-duty poly material, which has double the thread, making it the strongest outdoor American flag available. Like the nylon American flag, it has lock-stitched stripes and embroidered or applique stars. The heavy duty polyester flag does require heavier wind to fly, but also tends to outlast the nylon because of it. Available with grommets for mounting or as an American flag banner with a sleeve.

Cotton American flags are made for use indoors, under cover, or during fair weather days. Cotton is a beautiful fabric but not as durable as today’s synthetic flags. When you buy American flag for under your porch or overhang, cotton is a lovely option.

Indoor American flag banner are made for use indoors or in a parade. They have a banner sleeve and gold fringe for a formal, beautiful display. You can also find an American flag banner for outdoor use in our nylon or polyester American flags.

WHERE TO BUY AMERICAN FLAGS

You can buy an American flag in many places, but not all American flags are created equal. When you buy an American flag from Gettysburg Flag Works, you can be sure that it was made in America. This keeps jobs in the United States, supports our economy, and ensures that your American flag is a good quality. Don't be fooled when you go to buy an American flag elsewhere.

Need a complete American Flag set for your home? Check out our Worry-Free flag sets. Each set comes complete with a pole and bracket.

We recommend that you own three flags to get the most out of your American flags. Our flags are manufactured to give maximum service in return for reasonable care and prudent use. Remember, no two flags wear in the same way. The best way to stretch your "flag dollar" is to have three flags; one flying, one in the wash and one clean and in storage for special occasions.

AMERICAN FLAG BANNERS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

An American flag banner is a type of flag which has a sleeve for mounting on a pole. This sleeve slides over the pole and fastens with a button hole to the top of the pole. This style is used for house flagpoles on the front porch or for indoor presentation sets.

Remember that old strand of Christmas lights? The kind that when one bulb goes out, they all go out? It's the same way with many American flags and how they are stitched! If you purchase a flag with chain stitching, as soon as a single thread breaks, the whole stripe will come completely apart! You've probably seen them on neighbors houses right? Well, our outdoor flags will NOT do that! Ours have lock-stitching not only on the fly end, but also on EVERY STRIPE and around the canton (star field). Rest assured, that no matter what material you choose, when you shop with Gettysburg Flag Works, you are getting the very best American flag!

When it's time to decide where to buy an American flag, we hope that you choose Gettysburg Flag Works. With over 20 years in the industry, we are experts in everything American flag related, and can help you with your flag etiquette and half-staff days. Sign up for our free half-staff email notifications, and you too can lower your American flag at all the appropriate times.

AMERICAN FLAG HISTORY: WHO MADE THE AMERICAN FLAG

Most children learn the history of the American Flag by learning of a seamstress by the name of Betsy Ross.

According to this traditional account, Betsy Ross was shown a sketch by General George Washington, Robert Morris and George Ross. The sketch was of a flag with 13 red and white stripes and 13 six-pointed stars. As it is understood, Betsy agreed to make the flag but with some edits to the proposed design. One such edit was to change the design of the stars to five-pointed versus six.

Some, however, would refer to this as legend as no official documentation can support any one account of the flag’s designer. At the time the flag was made, there were many other flag makers who worked in Philadelphia and many other variations of the flag. Therefore, some would contest that any one of these other flag makers very well could have made the first American Flag.

AMERICAN FLAG HISTORY: WHAT DO THE COLORS OF THE FLAG MEAN

As we well know, the flag of USA consists of white stars on a blue canton with seven red stripes and six white stripes. The fifty stars stand for the fifty states of the union and the total of thirteen stripes stand for the original thirteen states.

What do the colors of the flag of USA stand for?

Ironically, there reportedly is no real meaning or symbolism behind the colors on the flag of USA. An American politician, Charles Thomson, did once suggest the following in regard to the flag’s colors:

“white signifies purity and innocence, red, hardiness and valour, and blue…signifies vigilance, perseverance and justice”

Some say that the colors of the flag of USA are mirrored from the Grand Union Flag (or what is known as the first unofficial American flag). The colors of which were derived from Great Britain’s Union Jack.

Quick facts about the United States of America

  • Capital of United States: Washington, DC
  • Area of United States: 9,161,923 sq. km
  • Languages used in United States: English, Spanish, other Indo-European, Asian and Pacific island
  • Religions in United States Protestant, Roman Catholic, Mormon, Jewish, Muslim

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