The Story of the American Flag – Betsy Ross Remembered

The First American Flag—Betsy Ross Sews an Icon
Betsy Ross and George Washington
Americans celebrate their patriotism not only on the 4th of July, but also on holidays of honor and gratitude – from Veteran’s Day, Independence Day, Father’s Day, and Presidents Day to Christmas Day and the welcoming of the New Year. offers authentic flags for all occasions and every size of Old Glory including America’s original American Flag design sewn by Betsy Ross.

In the late 18th century, upholsterers commonly sought extended jobs during wartime such as assembling tents, mending uniforms, and sewing flags. As an upholsterer in Philadelphia by trade, Betsy Ross was commissioned by the Continental Congress to make the first American Flag.

Tourists by the thousands visit the Betsy Ross house each year to see where America’s first flag was stitched. If she could only see her flag now at, a retail flag store, giving reverence to her work and artistry of our country’s greatest icon the American Flag.

Patriots acknowledge certain ideas and concepts about the American dream, and through symbols communicate what inspires loyalty to their country – like the heroic men and women who serve in the Army, Navy, Marine Corp, Air Force and Coast Guard, not to mention:

• The American bald eagle
• The National Anthem
The Pledge of Allegiance
• Fireworks and Parades
• And Betsy Ross’ historical story

As folklore goes, George Washington himself handed Betsy an American flag design straight from his pocket, and that first flag design showed a sketch of 13 stars and 13 stripes. When he asked her if she was up for the challenge she replied, “I do not know, but I will try.” And try she did – history has made much of those famous words when the first American flag was created and flown throughout the country. The 13-star Betsy Ross American flag was made official in June of 1777, and the stars and stripes have represented America ever since. has been selling Betsy’s original American flag design as well as flagpoles and accessories since 1936.