If holiday decorating is what gets you excited then you may be quick to order your patriotic flag bunting from Independence Bunting. But do you know the history behind your decorations? The flag has a unique history all its own. Continue reading to learn some of the highlights.
Stars and Symbolism
You may already know that the stripes represent the 13 original states in the Union while the stars represent each current state. This means that the flag has had several unique star configurations over time as new states joined the union. In fact in 1889 there was even a mistake where flags were made with 39 stars because manufacturers though the Dakotas were a single state instead of two.
Red, white and blue are commonly seen in patriotic flag bunting as well as many other 4th of July decorations. This is because these were the colors chosen by our founders for the flag. Red was chosen to represent valor while blue represents vigilance and justice. White was chosen to represent purity and innocence.
Notable Events in History
Like any historical object the flag has a few interesting events that surround it. It was announced by Betsy Ross in May of 1776 that she had sewn the first American flag, although Francis Hopkinson is often credited with her 13 star design. However, it wasn’t until June 14, 1777 that the flag’s design was officially confirmed by the continental congress. Other notable events include the flag being the inspiration for the Star Spangled Banner in 1814, and President Lincoln’s refusal to allow any stars to be removed from the flag during the civil war.
Now that you know some history and symbolism behind our flag you may have a few new ideas for your decorations. You may also have a few new interesting topics of conversation when your visitors admire your patriotic flag bunting,