Halloween Flags

Whether you’re looking for scary or cute, United States Flag Store has the perfect Halloween Flag to dress up your house or yard. Available in both garden or banner flag styles, our flags are made for outdoor use so they are fit to withstand most weather conditions.

Our decorative banner flags are made of high quality polyester with applique or embroidered lettering and images. Each flag measures 28 inches x 40 inches and the designs are readable from both sides. Our garden flags measure 13 inches x 18 inches and are also readable from both sides.

Halloween Applique Banner Flag - Got It Haunt It

Available in both banner and garden sizes , the Got It, Haunt It flag is fun and sassy. With her cool high heeled boots and black and orange tights, this witch has got it going on.

Halloween Garden Flag - Skeleton Friends

Our Skeleton Friends Flag features smiling skeletons in a Day of the Dead theme. With bold colors, this flag too is available as a banner and a garden flag.

Halloween Banner Flag - Got It Haunt It

Our cute Boo Ghost flag is sure to get a lot of smiles. This silly ghost is ready to greet all your guests and trick or treaters. This flag is also available as a banner flag and a garden flag

Celebrate Halloween with these fun flags. United States flag store also carries wall mount flag poles for the banner flags and a garden flagpole for the garden flags.

United States Flag Store is here to answer all your questions. Feel free to give us a toll free call at 1-877-734-2458 or email us at support@onlinestores.com.

Winter Preparation and Care for Flag and Flagpoles

Keeping your flag and flagpole in good shape during the winter starts with prevention. Preparing your flagpole, before it gets too cold, will make the job easier. Let’s look at some simple tips for winter preparation and care for flag and flagpoles.

Let’s start with the flag. If you usually use a nylon fabric during the spring and summer months, you will want to switch to a sewn polyester blend for winter. While the nylon is more lightweight and can handle the summer breezes, it more than likely will not withstand the cold winds of winter. The sewn polyester blend is made with the same lock-stitching but are about twice the weight of its nylon counterpart.

If you live in an area with harsh winters, you may want to also consider flying a flag that is one size smaller than your spring/summer flag. This will greatly improve your chances of a lasting flag. So, if you fly a 4-foot x 6-foot nylon flag during the summer months, try flying a 3-foot x 5 foot sewn polyester flag through winter. You will be going from a 24 foot of square sail to 15 feet of square sail. The greater the surface area, the greater the resistance. Hence, the less the surface area, the less resistance. You will have a much smaller looking flag on the flagpole than you are used to, but it will be better than a ripped or shredded flag.

On to the flagpole parts…look at the truck , halyard and the swivel snap hooks (or flag clips). If any of these parts have become damaged or worn out, now is the time to replace them. Take special notice of the truck . The truck allows the entire flagpole to work. When changing your flag for winter, check the truck to make sure the pulley (or pulleys) is functioning properly. A failed truck can result in parts breaking down much quicker and the flag wrapping around the flagpole and fraying much sooner.

United States Flag Store is here to answer all your questions. Feel free to give us a toll-free call at 1-877-734-2458 or email us at support@onlinestores.com.

Patriot Day

In 2001, America was changed forever when four hijacked planes crashed into three separate areas, the Twin Towers, the Pentagon, and Shanksville, Pennsylvania. The attacks shocked and horrified the nation. In the weeks and months after the tragic event, America united in solidarity to mourn for the victims. Reactions and messages of support came from around the world, with one thing in common: We are all Americans.

In the days after September 11th, the American flag became even more symbolic. One of the most significant photos after the attacks were of three firemen raising a flag at Ground Zero. You may recall seeing flags flying on not just houses, but on car windows or antennas, and people wearing flag pins on their lapels. Stores ran out of flags, with a demand for more. Flag makers had to work even longer and harder in order to keep up. Some people even wore the flag, emblazoned on their shirts or on hats.

While nearly 20 years have passed since the horrific events of that day with the Pentagon rebuilt along with a new World Trade Center tower, but the pain of the attacks are still felt deeply. Memorials where the attacks happened now stand, where one can come to pay their respects. The flags are still flying high, even though they are flown and displayed less often than they were in the days following the attack. Americans commemorated the fallen and showed strength during a tough time in the nation by displaying their flag, reminding everyone else that they would not be brought down.

We Will Never Forget.

 

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The History of Labor Day

Celebrated on the first Monday of every September, Labor Day honors the contributions and achievements of the American worker. Becoming a federal holiday in 1894, Labor Day originated during one of American labor history’s most dismal chapters.

At the height of the Industrial Revolution in the United States during the late 1800s, the average American worked 12-hour days, 7-days a week. And this was just to manage a basic living. Also, and despite restrictions in some states, children as young as 5 or 6 worked in mills, factories, and mines earning a fraction of their adult counterparts’ wages. Workers of all ages, the very poor and recent immigrants, often faced extremely unsafe working conditions, with insufficient access to fresh air, sanitary facilities, and breaks.

As manufacturing work replaced agriculture as the main source of American employment, labor unions grew more prominent and vocal. They began organizing strikes and rallies to protest poor conditions and pressed employers to renegotiate hours and pay. In New York City on September 5, 1882, 10,000 workers took unpaid time off to march from City Hall to Union Square, holding the first Labor Day parade in U.S. history.

Many of these events turned violent during this period, including the infamous Haymarket Riot of 1886, when several Chicago policemen and workers were killed. Then on May 11, 1894, employees of the Pullman Palace Car Company in Chicago went on strike to protest wage cuts and the firing of union representatives. Two months later, the American Railroad Union led by Eugene V. Debs, called for a boycott of all Pullman railway cars, crippling railroad traffic nationwide. To break the strike, the federal government dispatched troops to Chicago, unleashing a wave of riots that resulted in the deaths of more than a dozen workers. These events, among many others, brought workers’ rights squarely into the public’s view.

The idea of a “workingmen’s holiday,” celebrated on the first Monday in September, caught on in other industrial centers across the country, and many states passed legislation recognizing it. Congress, however, would not legalize the holiday until 12 years later after the massive unrest involving the Pullman Palace Car Company. In an attempt to repair ties with the American workers, Congress passed an act making Labor Day a legal holiday in the District of Columbia and the territories.

More than a century later, the true founder of Labor Day has yet to be identified. While many credit Peter J. McGuire, who co-founded the American Federation of Labor, others have suggested that Matthew Maguire, a secretary of the Central Labor Union, first proposed the holiday.

United States Flag Store is here to answer all your questions. Feel free to give us a toll-free call at 1-877-734-2458 or email us at support@onlinestores.com.

Choosing the Right Material for Your Flag

Super Tough Heavy Duty 20ft Residential flagpole with US made nylon flag

The decision on which fabric to choose when purchasing an outdoor American flag (or any flag) is important. You need to take into consideration where you live (for flyability) and if you plan on flying the flag 24 hours/7 days a week (durability). United States Flag Store offers an American Flag Comparison Table to break down the flyability and durability for each fabric at different sizes to help consumers decide. Let’s take a look at the three main fabrics for flags: nylon, polyester and cotton.

Polyester is the most durable of fabrics for flags. It would be your choice if you choose to fly your flag 24/7. They are a heavier fabric, so they do require more wind to “fly”. There are two types of polyester that United States Flag store offers: sewn polyester and printed polyester. Sewn polyester flags would be the most durable of the two. They are made from a special type of polyester fabric that actually looks like coarse cotton in texture. The open weave reduces fabric stress, which makes it ideal to fly all day and in relatively high winds. These flags also feature sewn stripes and embroidered stars. Printed Polyester Flags are a more economical option. These flags are printed on silky-looking polyester fabric, but are lighter making them more flyable in less windy areas.

Nylon flags are considered the “all weather flag” due to its ability to fly in low winds and shed water, making it an ideal flag for wet climate areas. Nylon flags provide a bright, lustrous appearance making these United States Flag Store’s most popular outdoor flags.

Cotton flags, while vibrant in color, are not designed for outdoor use. Consumers can use cotton flags for outdoor use, but it is recommended for only short-term use. Cotton flags are more likely to fade, stain, shrink and lose their shape when displayed outside. Cotton flags are ideal for indoor display and are typically used as a burial flag or funeral flag (the 5 foot x 9.5 foot size that is used for covering a casket).

Online Stores, Inc. 5ft x 9.5ft Cotton American Memorial Flag

United States Flag Store is here to answer all your questions. Feel free to give us a toll free call at 1-877-734-2458 or email us at support@onlinestores.com.

Flag Display Cases from Zell Manufacturing Company

United States Flag Store is proud to offer American Made display cases for flags from Zell Manufacturing Company, Inc. Located in Export, Pennsylvania (about 35 miles east of Pittsburgh), Zell Manufacturing was founded by Clifford R. Zell in 1965 and remains in operation by his 3 sons. Specializing in a variety of quality wooden products, each display case is custom made. Let’s take a look at each style that United States Flag offers.

Recently added are flag display cases for both 3 foot x 5 foot flags and 5 foot x 9.5 foot size flags. The cases are made of solid poplar wood are available in walnut, cherry, and black finishes. Poplar wood is a hardwood that comes from the trees in the magnolia family. The common English-language names for this tree are “yellow poplar”, “tulip poplar”, “American tulip” or “tulip tree”. Since the yellow poplar’s growth range spans from the Mississippi River to the east coast of the US, it may not be surprising to find that the wood from yellow poplar trees were used extensively for buildings in that area between the 18th and 20th centuries.

US Made Flag Case for 3' x 5' Flag

These same 3 foot x 5 foot and 5 foot x 9.5 foot size flag display cases are also available in solid oak. The solid oak flag display cases are available in clear, cherry, walnut, and black finishes.

Solid Oak Flag Case for 5' x 9.5' Flag - US Made

Zell Manufacturing also makes beautiful Flag and Document Cases that will not only display a 3 foot x 5 foot flag, but any certificates, diplomas, family heirlooms, or documents that measure 8.5 inch x 11 inch. This stunning display case is available in a cherry finish in either solid oak or in solid poplar wood.

Deluxe USA-Made Hardwood Flag and Document Case - Cherry - for 3' x 5' Flags

Last, but certainly not least, Zell Manufacturing’s Shadow Boxes features a black felt backboard to proudly display medals, memorabilia, and certificates. These shadow boxes also come with a flag case for a 3 foot x 5 foot flag. These flag cases are available in a cherry finish or in an oak finish .

Military Flag and Medal Display Case - Shadow Box

Flag and Medal Display Case - Military Shadow Box - Oak

United States Flag Store is here to answer all your questions. Feel free to give us a toll free call at 1-877-734-2458 or email us at support@onlinestores.com.

 

National Pennsylvania Day

July 20th, 2018 is National Pennsylvania Day! Why July 20th, when Pennsylvania entered the Union on December 12, 1787? No idea. Nevertheless, we’ll take this opportunity to learn some fun facts about Pennsylvania (or P-A as we like to call it). And even though I’m from Pittsburgh, I’ll throw some love out to Philadelphia, too.

American Flag 2ft x 3ft Cotton Best Brand by Valley Forge

Pennsylvania’s State flag is more of a square than a rectangle. It is composed of a blue field on which the State Coat of Arms is embroidered. The Pennsylvania coat of arms features a shield crested by an American bald eagle, flanked by horses, and adorned with symbols of Pennsylvania’s strengths—a ship carrying state commerce to all parts of the world; a clay-red plough, a symbol of Pennsylvania’s rich natural resources; and three golden sheaves of wheat, representing fertile fields and Pennsylvania’s wealth of human thought and action. An olive branch and cornstalk cross limbs beneath—symbols of peace and prosperity. The scroll at the bottom reads Virtue, Liberty and Independence.

We all know that Pennsylvania is rich with history, so let’s learn some fun and interesting facts about Pennsylvania:

The Philadephia Eagles and the Pittsburgh Steelers merged to form the Steagles for one season in 1943. The teams merged because both lost so many players to military service during WWII.

In 1909 the first baseball stadium was built in Pittsburgh (Forbes Field).

The first daily newspaper was published in Philadelphia on Sept. 21, 1784.

Pennsylvania is the birthplace of a lot of America’s favorite junk food. A short list of Pennsylvania-founded companies includes Rita’s Water Ice, Hershey’s, Tastykake, Just Born (makers of Peeps), Auntie Anne’s, Herr’s, Planters, Utz, Wise, and Snyder’s of Hanover. Many of these are located in a part of central Pennsylvania that’s commonly called the Snack Belt.

The iconic banana split sundae was born in 1904 in Latrobe, Pa., when 23-year-old David Evans Strickler was experimenting with new sundaes while apprenticing at the local Tassel Pharmacy.

United States Flag Store is here to answer all your questions. Feel free to give us a toll free call at 1-877-734-2458 or email us at support@onlinestores.com.

Happy 4th of July!

With the 4th of July holiday fast approaching, there has never been a better time to begin decorating for the patriotic holiday. If you’re not sure on where to start, the United States Flag Store has everything you need. Take a look at all of our patriotic decorations and supplies and see which one is right for you.

In the weeks leading up to the 4th of July holiday, Patriotic Outdoor Decorations start to make their annual debuts in the yards of residents. Adorn your yard with a star-spangled windwheel that spins in the wind, hang an American flag windsock which shows patriotic spirit, or spruce up your mailbox with our magnetic mailbox covers.

Start the 4th of July celebration right with our Patriotic Party Supplies! From centerpieces to pool toys, we have a wide range of supplies to help your gathering go out with a bang! Show your American spirit with our patriotic party favors, with top hats, leis, and even a head bopper! Our party decorations can also turn your party into the biggest party in the neighborhood.

Pleated Fans are an excellent way to decorate pretty just about anything. You can adorn them on the railing of your stairs, on a stage, or even on a parade float. Many of our pleated fans are made with a super tough polyester material. Start off with 18inx36in or 3×6. Bunting can also be used together with pleated fans.

Let the 4th of July festivities begin! Happy 4th of July!

 

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Celebrating Canada Day

Canada was officially born on July 1, 1867 when the Constitution Act joined three provinces into one country: Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Canada province, which then split into Ontario and Quebec. However, Canada was not completely independent of England until 1982. Canada celebrated Dominion Day, officially established in 1879, but it wasn’t observed by many Canadians because they considered themselves to be British citizens. Canadian patriotism and Dominion Day celebrations started to take off on the 100th anniversary of Canada’s birthday. And although quite a few Canadians already called the holiday Canada Day, the new name wasn’t formally adopted until October of 1982.

Canada Flag 3ft x 5ft Printed Polyester

Here are some fun facts about Canada:

The National Flag of Canada came into being in 1965 to replace the Union Jack. It is an 11 pointed red maple leaf on a white square.

Canada is the 2nd largest country in the world, right after Russia.

Canada was named through a misunderstanding. When Jaques Cartier, a French explorer, came to the new world, he met with local Natives who invited them to their ‘kanata’ (the word for ‘village’). The party mistakenly thought the name of the country was “Kanata” or Canada.

Alternative names proposed for Canada in 1867 were Borealia, Cabotia, Transatlantica, Victorialand, and Superior.

Canada has more lakes than the rest of the world’s lakes combined.

Canada is home to the longest street in the world. Yonge Street in Ontario starts at Lake Ontario, and runs north through Ontario to the Minnesota border, a distance of almost 2,000 kilometers (1242.74 miles).

There are more doughnut shops in Canada per capita than any other country.

Canadians consume more Kraft Macaroni & Cheese dinners than any other nation in the world.

The famous Canadian interjection “eh” is actually listed in the Canadian Oxford Dictionary as a valid word.

There’s an area in the Hudson Bay region that has less gravity than the rest of the planet.

United States Flag Store is here to answer all your questions. Feel free to give us a toll free call at 1-877-734-2458 or email us at support@onlinestores.com.

FIFA World Cup

FIFA-World-Cup-2018

Just like the Olympics, the FIFA World Cup comes once every four years. The World Cup presents an opportunity for soccer teams (otherwise known as football outside the United States) to compete for a world title.

The World Cup came to be after Jules Rimet proposed an international football tournament after being inspired by the Olympic games. The first World Cup was held in 1930 in Uruguay. The inaugural tournament proved to be a success, but with a few issues, as only 13 teams were invited to play. Since then, teams took part in a qualification process to earn a spot in the World Cup. Nearly 90 years after the first World Cup was held, there are now 32 teams* who go to the World Cup to win the coveted World Cup trophy.

Each World Cup has football fans excited for their favorite teams. The World Cup is seen by billions of people each year, compared to the Super Bowl which is watched by millions. Flags and team jerseys for the countries are purchased, tickets purchased, and viewing parties. Tears of frustration and joy are shed along with shouts of both anger and happiness. The World Cup is more than just a game for many. It’s the event of a lifetime.

Did you know? FIFA stands for Fédération Internationale de Football Association (French for International Federation of Football Association).

Most Successful: Brazil is the most successful team to have won the World Cup trophy five separate times.

Two Nations, One Games: The only World Cup that was held jointly by two separate countries was in 2002 in Japan and South Korea. They were also the first Asian countries to host.

*As of this writing, there is rumor that the number of teams will go up to 48 in 2022, allowing 16 more teams a chance to compete. If this does not take effect in 2022, then it would most likely take effect in 2026, the original scheduled team number increase.

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