June 14, 1777: Congress votes to put stars and stripes on the American flag
In 1776, the United States declared its independence from Britain. After such a monumental occasion, you’d expect celebratory parties that raged until 5 AM. Unfortunately, the biggest question to stem from this situation was, “How the hell will our flag look now?”
Swinging on a star
While they were in Britain’s control, the United States was forced to use their Grand Union Flag. This was like having to wear a donkey outfit after losing a bet. The country wasn’t too pleased with seeing that flag placed at every corner. The only characteristics that were appreciated were the red, white, and blue colors. Certain people wanted to add something extra to the flag with their declaration announcement. To make things official, they wanted a slew of stars to adorn the flag. Sadly, Congress couldn’t make flag changes for at least another year.
Making their voices heard
News of the delayed changes didn’t sit well with a group of American Indians. On June 3, 1777, they created a petition for a flag that represents the country. Unlike petitions for new writers on Game of Thrones, this petition was noticed by the higher-ups. On June 14, 1777, Congress gave everyone what they wanted with the Flag Act of 1777. This act stated that “the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.”
Creating magic with needle and thread
With a new act in the books, Congress had to get someone that could make this become a reality. Upholsterer Betsy Ross was easily their first choice. Prior to being picked, the Philadelphia native created flags for Pennsylvania’s fleet. When she was done, Ross unveiled a completely badass take on the flag. Thirteen stars, which represented the 13 colonies, were spread in a circle in the corner. The United States finally had a flag worthy of showcasing to both its citizens and opposers.