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5 Facts About the Flag of Washington D.C.

It’s no secret that all 50 states in the United States have an official flag. But did you know that Washington, D.C. has an official flag as well? As shown in the photo above, it depicts three red stars, followed by two red stripes against a white background. It’s a simple yet attractive design that’s become synonymous with our nation’s capital.

#1) Adopted in 1938

The flag of Washington, D.C. was adopted in 1938. Prior to this period, there was no official flag for Washington, D.C. This prompted the Commission of Fine Arts and Act of Congress to form a committee to come up with a desk for an official Washington, D.C. flag. The committee ultimately selected the aforementioned design. You can now find the Washington, D.C. flag displayed in front of countless businesses, government buildings and residences throughout the capital.

#2) Based on a Coat of Arms

Like many state flags, the Washington, D.C. flag is based on a coat of arms. It features the coat of arms used by Lawrence Washington. Lawrence Washington was the great, great, great grandfather of George Washington. The coat of arms depicted in the Washington, D.C. flag was used by Lawrence Washington at his home.

#3) Designed By Charles Dunn

The person responsible for designing the Washington, D.C. flag was American artist Charles Dunn. During the 1920s, Dunn worked for the Chamber of Commerce. Dunn later submitted a design for the Washington, D.C. flag. Dunn’s design, of course, was based on Washington’s coat of arms.

Washington’s coat of arms consisted of three stars with two red stripes against a white background; the only real difference was the shape. Washington’s coat of arms was shaped like a crest or shield, whereas Dunn’s flag design was shaped like a rectangular banner.

#4) Adopted in Many Business and Organization Logos

The Washington, D.C. flag has since been adopted in many business and organization logos. When driving through our nation’s capital, you may notice logos featuring it. Businesses and organizations that operate in Washington, D.C. often have a logo that depicts the Washington, D.C. flag. There are even sports teams that feature the Washington, D.C. flag in their logos. Some of these sports teams include the Washington Capitals, the Washing Wizards, the DC Defenders and the Old Glory DC.

#5) Ranked as the 8th Most Popular Flag in North America

According to a survey conducted by the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA), the Washington, D.C. flag is the eighth-most popular flag in North America. NAVA also found that the Washington, D.C. flag was the single best design among a total of 150 cities in the United States. Coming in second was the flag of Chicago. Chicago, of course, has its own flag as well. While the Washington, D.C. flag was the highest ranked, Chicago’s flag came in a close second place.

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