Have you come across the flag of Utah? It features the Beehive State’s official seal in the center of a golden circle with an all-navy background. Within the seal is a beehive. Utah, of course, is a leading producer of honey. As a result, the Honey Bee is the state animal of Utah, and the official seal of Utah features a beehive, which you’ll find in the center of the flag of Utah. Here are five fun facts about the flag of Utah.
#1) Includes Year of Statehood
The flag of Utah features the year in which Utah was admitted to the United States. It’s part of the state’s official seal. Utah’s official seal features a beehive. At the bottom of the beehive is the year 1896. Utah joined the United States in 1896. It was the 45th state to be admitted to the United States.
#2) Includes Year in Which Pioneers Entered Salt Lake Valley
In addition to 1896, the flag of Utah features the year 1847. It’s found within the state’s seal. The year 1847 is symbolic because it represents the year in which pioneers entered Salt Lake Valley.
#3) Adopted in the Early 1900s
While Utah’s official seal was adopted in the late 1800s, it wasn’t until the early 1900s when Utah’s flag was adopted. The first flag of Utah consisted of the state’s official seal along with its year of statehood in white threading. On March 9, 1911, lawmakers passed the Senate Joint Resolution 17 declaring this design as the official flag of Utah.
#4) Recently Revised Due to a Mistake
Many people are surprised to learn that the flag of Utah was recently revised due to a mistake. The mistake originated all the way back to 1922. In 1922, the company that manufactured the flag of Utah placed the year 1847 directly above the year 1896. The correct placement involves the year 1847 within the official seal itself. In 2011, lawmakers revised the flag of Utah to feature the year 1847 with the correct placement.
#5) March 9 Is Annual Utah Flag Day
Did you know that Utah has its own annual flag day? It’s held annually on March 9. March 9, of course, is the date o which the Senate Joint Resolution 17 was passed. To commemorate this date, March 9 is the annual Utah flag day. It’s the equivalent of the U.S. Flag Day, which is held annually on June 14.