Of all the different state flags, Arizona’s is among the most colorful. It features an array of red, yellow, orange and blue colors. Each of these colors symbolizes something specific about the Grand Canyon State. To learn more about the Arizona flag, keep reading.
The Design of the Arizona Flag
The Arizona flag depicts a beaming star. In the center of the flag is an orange star. The bottom half of the flag features an all-blue background. The top half of the flag features 13 ray-like beams in alternating red and yellow colors.
In addition to being colorful, the Arizona flag is popular. A survey conducted by the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) found that it was the sixth-most popular flag in North America.
The Origins of the Arizona Flag
You might be surprised to learn that the Arizona flag is over a century ago. It was officially adopted on Feb. 27, 1917. While serving as a Colonel in the Arizona National Guard, Charles Harris was tasked with creating a flag for the rifle team. With the help of several other individuals — including Arizona Representative. W. R. Stewart — Harris came up with a design.
Harris’ design would later become recognized as the official Arizona flag. And Arizona has continued to use this flag design ever since. Clocking in at over 105 years ago, it’s one of the oldest flag designs that’s still in use. The Arizona flag still features the same beaming star with the say 13 ray-like beams as it did in 1917 when it was officially adopted.
The Colors of the Arizona Flag
What do the colors of the Arizona flag symbolize exactly? The orange star symbolizes Arcturus. Located in the constellation of Bootes, Arcturus has a distinct orange glow that many astronomers use to identify it. The star in the center of the Arizona flag represents Arcturus, so it features this same orange color.
The red and yellow colors in the Arizona flag symbolize the Spanish conquistadors. The Spanish conquistadors, of course, were responsible for exploring the Southwestern United States territory, including the area of Arizona.
The blue in the Arizona flag symbolizes liberty. The Arizona flag, in fact, uses the same “liberty blue” color as the American flag. And with a blue background on the bottom half combined with a red-and-yellow top half, the Arizona flag looks like a setting sun.