This article will explain how the number of stars on the US flag has changed since its inception in 1777.
The American flag was first officially adopted on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress.
The original design featured 13 alternating red and white stripes and 13 white five-pointed stars on a blue background – representing the thirteen colonies that declared independence from Britain.
Since then, the design of the flag has changed several times to include more stars as new states joined the union.
As of 2021, there are 50 five-pointed stars in staggered rows of six with four on each corner representing each state in the Union.
The current arrangement for the 51st star is unofficially set aside should any future states be added to the country – with Puerto Rico currently seeking statehood after its November 2020 referendum vote in favor.
If approved, Puerto Rico would be our 51st state and thus add an additional star to the American Flag’s design.
In addition to changing over time due to statehood additions, federal law dictates when and how often governments must update their flags depending on factors like size and type of material used or if existing flags become worn out or faded over time.
To keep up with U.S law, this means American flags should receive a slight update every July 4th year if there are any recent changes being made to state sovereignty;
otherwise, regular maintenance protocols should apply regardless of state changes happening at any given point in time.
The U.S. Flag’s Top Secret: American Flag How Many Stars
The United States Flag has 13 horizontal stripes which symbolize the 13 original colonies that declared independence from Britain.
On top of the stripes is a blue rectangle with 50 white stars, symbolizing all 50 states in the union today. But how many stars are there actually on the American flag?
Well, it’s technically a secret.
That’s because since 1912, more than 200 flags have been made for official use, but no two are alike— that means that there could be any number of different star configurations out there!
However, based on careful research we can estimate with certainty that an average American flag has around 48-52 stars visible.
And if you look at a modern day commercial version of an American flag like those used for displays or sold by stores and manufacturers— depending on the quality of the product— between 65 to 72 stars will be visible per square foot.
What about those historical flags? Before 1950 Congress only allowed flags to be modified when new states were admitted into our union causing some variants such as “the Star-spangled Banner” to have 15 stripes (representing all 15 states existing at that time).
Other features also vary including number and shape of stars laid atop a circle or wreath showing them grouped as they appeared in 1912 upon Arizona statehood admission or individually arranged following Oklahoma in 1907 entry -depending which decade they were created in between 1818 and 1959 before Alaska & Hawaii joined.
It’s both comforting and humbling to know that throughout historyflags have represented so much more than their surface area can envision
They’ve signified unity among a nation with each star adding its own sparkle as part of leading us forward together towards our destin.
despite whatever sea may follow US shores en route! To give tribute to those who created our beloved US Flag with utmost care and dedication, every year since 1916 numerous Americans honor “Flag Week” or National Flags Day on June 14th–exactly 134 years after The Stars & Stripes become America’s national banner.
So wear red white (and/or blue!) proudly this weekend as you enjoy your picnic celebrating America’s glorious 234 year history!