California State Flags

Adopted in 1911, the Bear Flag is the official state flag of California and features a California grizzly bear (the official state animal), symbolizing strength.

FlagCo has one of the largest selections of California state flags, available in dozens of styles, sizes and materials.

About the California State Flag

A tribute to strength and independence, the “Bear Flag” of California originates as a battle flag. First flow during the Bear Flag Revolt (1846), a declaration of California independence from Mexico as a Republic; then as a statement of secession during the American Civil War (1861-1865).

While the layout of the flag has changed, all versions of the flag feature the grizzly bear and red California lone star, symbolizing sovereignty.

In 1911, the California State Legislature adopted the flag and Governor Hiram Johnson signed into law as the official state flag of California with design specifications. In 1953, the design and specifications were standardized, and flag display protocol was adopted.

Flag protocol officially states when, where and how the flag is to be displayed, “vertically it is rotated 90 degrees clockwise such that the bear and star face upward and red stripe is on the left.”

Frequently Asked Question

WHEN WILL MY ORDER SHIP?

Items ship in one to two business days if the item ordered is in stock. If you need something by a specific date, please call the office to check availability.

WHAT SIZE FLAG SHOULD I BUY?

Although there is no official Flag Code for determining the correct flag size for your flagpole height, for aesthetic reasons, it is important to choose a flag that is proportionate. The rule of thumb is that the length of the flag should be one-fourth or one-third the height of the flagpole.

Recommended sizes are: 2ftx3ft and 3ftx5ft

OUTDOOR FLAG CARE

Flags should only be flown during the day in appropriate weather (unless properly lit) to minimize risk of damage. Flags can be gently washed with cool water and mild detergent and air dry thoroughly. Dry flags can be stored in a well-ventilated.

INDOOR FLAG CARE

Dry cleaning is recommended for Indoor Flags.

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