North Carolina

The Tar Heel State

The Original

The elements to the flag include

  • Blue vertical bar

  • Red horizontal bar

  • White horizontal bar

  • Gold banner “May 20th 1775”

  • White star

  • “NC”

  • Gold banner

  • “April 12th 1776”

The flag of North Carolina was adapted 1861 and had minor modifications made in 1991.

In the 2001 North American Vexillology Association survey of the 72 American and Canadian flags the North Carolina flag was ranked 33rd.

Keep it simple: The North Carolina flag has a simple background with the three colored bars. The banners and lettering make the flag a little more complicated.

Use meaningful symbolism: The date on the top is the date that North Carolina signed the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence. This was the first declaration made by any of the original thirteen colonies. The date on the bottom is North Carolina’s secession from the Union.

Use two or three basic colors: In this flag we see four colors being used.

No lettering or seals:  There is lettering on this flag, but no seal.

Be distinctive or be related: This flag is very alike the Texas flag. 

The Redesign

 Keep it simple: This flag consists of a red and white bar. The center is a simple circle with an airman’s star. There are four stripes surrounding the star.

Use meaningful symbolism: North Carolina’s license plate emphasizes “first in flight”. I wanted to add that to this flag. The Airman’s star is a tribute to the Wright brother’s first flight. The four stripes represent the four bays the state has (Albemarle Sound, Pamlico River, Neuse River, and Stone’s Bay).

Use two or three basic colors: In this flag we see three colors being used.

No lettering or seals: There is no lettering or seals in this redesign.

Be distinctive or be related: This flag is distinct.