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While most people connect the name “Betsy Ross” with the American flag, the history of Old Glory isn’t very well-known. As we head towards Independence Day, we look back at how the United States flag came to be, along with rules for protecting Old Glory.
The Flags before Old Glory
In 1775, discontented colonists wanted a flag that represented their independence. An early version of the flag featuring a snake with the slogan “Don’t Tread on Me” was very popular. It was replaced by a version with an evergreen tree and red, white, and blue stripes. The tree was called the “Liberty Tree.”
Another version in late 1775 featured the British Union Jack along with 13 stripes to represent the 13 colonies. A seamstress from Philadelphia came on the scene five months later with another version.
The seamstress, Betsy Ross, replaced the Union Jack with a circle of 13 stars designed to represent each of the original colonies. This version was officially adopted on June 14, 1777. It’s a day we now designate as Flag Day.
While the flag has undergone several adaptations, popular folklore says this is its origin. On holidays like Memorial Day, Flag Day, and Independence Day, Americans fly their flag proudly.
American Flag Etiquette
As you prepare your flag to fly on Independence Day, keep these etiquette tips in mind:
Celebrating Independence Day
If you will be hosting an Independence Day celebration, we have a few ideas to help you plan your menu. This article has four colorful recipes you might want to try!