Massachusetts Flag Questions
- When was the Massachusetts state flag adopted?
- How are you supposed to fly the Massachusetts flag with your American flag?
- What is the design on the Massachusetts state flag and what does it represent?
- Where can you buy a Massachusetts flag?
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When was the Massachusetts state flag adopted?
The current state flag of Massachusetts was adopted in 1971. It is one of the few state flags that has the design on both sides of the flag. The Massachusetts coat-of-arms is the main design and was adopted in 1775 and reaffirmed in 1780.
How are you supposed to fly the Massachusetts flag with your American flag?
When flying the Massachusetts and American flag on the same pole, the flag of the United States must always be at the top and the Massachusetts flag should be the same size or smaller. When It is flown on separate poles, the Massachusetts flag will be to the right of the flag of the United States situating the U.S. flag in the position of honor, which is to the observer’s left of the other flags.
What is the design on the Massachusetts state flag and what does it represent?
The design on the state flag of Massachusetts is the Massachusetts coat of arms on a field of white. The state coat of arms is centered on the flag. The blue shield portrays an Algonquian Native American dressed in a shirt, leggings and moccasins, with a gold bow in one hand and a gold arrow pointed downward in the other. In the upper right hand corner of shield is a silver five-pointed star. Above the shield is a right arm bent at the elbow grasping a gold sword. The motto of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts is printed in gold on a blue ribbon partially surrounding the shield, which reads; “ENSE PETIT PLACIDAM SUB LIBERTATE QUIETEM”, meaning “By the sword we seek peace, but peace only under liberty”. The motto is supported by the bent right arm. The arm itself represents those who would rather lose their right arm than live under tyranny. The sword’s blade is pointed up reminding all that through the American Revolution liberty was won. The shield of blue represents the Blue Hills of Canton and Milton, Massachusetts. The Indian on the shield, Massachuset, carrying the arrow with the point down, symbolizes peace or a friendly demeanor. The bow in the Indian’s other hand represents the readiness to defend liberty, by force if necessary. The silver star is actually white on the flag and stands for Massachusetts as one of the thirteen original colonies of the United States.
Where can you buy a Massachusetts flag?
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Massachusetts is the third most populated and seventh smallest states in the country. It’s nicknamed as “The Bay State” due to its location and proximity to a number of large bays. But it’s also known as the “The Codfish State,” and “The Old Colony State,” which pertains to the Plymouth colony.
Massachusetts is bordered by New York to its west, Connecticut and Rhode Island to its south, New Hampshire and Vermont to its north, and the Atlantic Ocean to its east. Because Bay Staters (official name for Massachusetts residents) are creative when it comes to food the state is known for Ocean Spray cranberry juice, corn muffin, quahogs, Boston baked beans and of course Boston cream pie. Creativity and sweet tooth combined really shines in Boston food.
But they are also known for controversial regulations and other things like the Salem Witch Trials, mourners are only allowed to eat three sandwiches at a wake, it is considered illegal to bathe unless given a prescription from the doctor and all men are required to carry a rifle to church on a Sunday. These regulations are still on the books because Massachusetts is one of the original 13 colonies and their laws date back hundred of years and some outdated laws remain on its books.
Famous Boston Events
- Boston St. Patricks Day Parade – March
A big chunk of the Boston population is of Irish descent, so St. Patrick’s Day Parade is a big event. It draws more than 850,000 fans annually. It features a parade of floats, marching bands, bagpipers and a variety of food served in Irish pubs, which is abundant in the area.
- Boston Marathon – April
The Boston Marathon is one of the oldest annual marathons on the planet. It started in 1897 and attracts a big crowd of up to 500,000. The event is recognized by the IAAF (International Association of Athletes Federations) and is considered “the pinnacle event” in road racing.
- Boston Pops Fireworks Spectacular – July
This is how Boston celebrates Independence Day, peppering the sky with magnificent fireworks. The event features outdoor concerts, live entertainment which includes the performance of the Boston Pops Orchestra and the much awaited fireworks at 10:30 PM.
Are you a proud Bay Stater? Want to know how to show true Massachusetts pride? Fly Old Glory in your backyard. It’s one of the best ways to show thank you to your state and country.
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