Tagged: U.S. Flag Resolution

The U.S. Flag Resolution, commonly known as the Flag Act of 1777, was adopted by the Second Continental Congress on June 14, 1777.

It established the design of the flag of the United States with the following simple specification:

“Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”

This resolution set the foundation for the design of the U.S. flag, with thirteen stripes and thirteen stars to represent the original thirteen colonies that declared independence from Great Britain.

The specific arrangement or pattern of the stars was not stipulated, leading to various designs until further standards were set in later years.

The adoption of the resolution on June 14, 1777, is the reason why the United States celebrates Flag Day on June 14th each year.