Official North Carolina State Flag 1885 – Present
The present-day North Carolina state flag was officially adopted on March 9th, 1885. The design consists of a blue field on the hoist side and two equal red and white bars at the fly end. The horizontal length of the red and white bars is equal to the vertical length of the blue field. The dates of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence “May 20th, 1775” and of the Halifax Resolves “April 12th, 1776” are both inscribed on arch-shaped gold ribbons above and below the central white star in the blue field. These two documents established North Carolina as one of the driving forces for American independence. A large gold “NC” also appears in the blue field with one letter on either side of the white star. The Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence refers to the event when the citizens of Mecklenburg are said to have proclaimed their independence from Great Britain, while the Halifax Resolves refers to the document issued by the Provincial Congress that authorized North Carolina delegates to approve the American Declaration of Independence. This design is the second official flag of North Carolina, the first one being a similar pattern with the hoist-side field being red, rather than blue and the upper bar being blue, instead of red. The dates inscribed above and below the central white star in the red field are in a circular pattern with white letters that read “May 20th, 1775” the date of the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence, and “May 20th, 1861” the date that North Carolina seceded from the Union. This flag is known as the North Carolina Republic flag. It was only official during the civil war years (1861 – 1865) as it was adopted by the state government under the Confederacy, but it continued to be used until the current design was adopted in 1885.
North Carolina State Flag Pledge
“I salute the flag of North Carolina and pledge to the Old North State love, loyalty, and faith.”
Made of Superknit polyester, which is a silky, smooth, knitted polyester fabric with a slight amount of elasticity for greater longevity against the wind. It offers excellent durability for the price. The artwork is visible on both sides of the flag. The lettering reads correctly on one side only.
- One solid piece of printed and hemmed fabric
- Heavy canvas header with brass grommets
- 4 rows of stitching on the fly end to prevent premature fraying
- Brilliant, bright color
- Flag Size 3′ x 5′