United States Statutes at Large/Volume 3/15th Congress/1st Session/Chapter 34

United States Statutes at Large, Volume 3
United States Congress
Public Acts of the Fifteenth Congress, 1st Session, Chapter 34

April 4, 1818.
Chap. XXXIV.—An Act to establish the flag of the United States.

After the 4th July, 1818, the flag to be 13 stripes and 20 stars.Be it enacted by the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America in Congress assembled, That from and after the fourth day of July next, the flag of the United States be thirteen horizontal stripes, alternate red and white: that the union be twenty stars, white in a blue field.

A star to be added for every new state.Sec. 2. And be it further enacted, That on the admission of every new state into the Union, one star be added to the union of the flag; and that such addition shall take effect on the fourth day of July then next succeeding such admission.

Approved, April 4, 1818.