Flag Bunting and its History

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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.

 

Colors

 

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,

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How to Choose the Right Flag for You

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Choosing a United States national flag to hang outside your home or business may seem simple when you first start looking. You might think that because there’s only one design, you don’t have that many options. However, even a cursory internet search will uncover the fact that there is a variety of outdoor US flags.

Materials

One of the major differences you’ll see between the options is the cloth out of which the flags are made. Independence Bunting offers multiple options including weather resistant nylon and nearly impervious 2-ply poly max. The reason you need quality outdoor US flags is that you’ll be using your flag at least once or twice a year for years to come if you’re a homeowner, and possibly all year round if you own a business or are custodian of a government facility. You’ll need cloth that stands up to the elements.

Craftsmanship

Another option you’ll have is between varying levels of craftsmanship. Independence Bunting sets high standards, so the most basic high quality flags will have sewn stripes and embroidered stars. The dyes and pigments used to color the fabric are durable as well, resisting fade and ensuring that your flag will last longer. There are also budget options available which consist of printed instead of embroidered patterns. Another thing to consider is where the flag is made. After all, shouldn’t your American flag be made in the USA?

Size

The final choice you have to make is deciding what size you need. There is a flag for almost every application, from a gigantic 50 foot by 80 foot flag the same size as a basketball court to any of the more modest sizes of outdoor US flags you might want to hang outside your home on Flag Day or the Fourth of July. Even though it might seem like bigger is always better, it’s important to consider the space you have so that the flag doesn’t touch the ground and is something you can easily manage folding for storage.