The current American flag has remained unchanged since 1960 – which is the longest streak in the history of the American flag. The American flag design has changed 28 times throughout history, mostly to add additional stars. New stars are only added to the flag if a new state is admitted to the United States. Each time a new state has been admitted, a star has been added to the flag within the year. Therefore, if a new state is ever added, history says that the flag will be updated accordingly.
As you probably know, Puerto Rico has been in discussions for years to become the 51st state, but it is merely a “territory” at this point. As a current territory, the transition to an official state can only happen by an act of congress. There are more complications than simply voting yes and then hoisting an American flag, however. Nonetheless, it is not unrealistic to believe that the United States will eventually expand on its current list of official states. This got us thinking, what would the American flag look like if we added additional states/stars?
Take a look at this list of possible American flag designs that incorporate additional stars. Keep in mind that these designs have not been approved or voted on by Congress – they are proposed designs that would be voted on if we were to admit additional state(s). It’s also important to remember that adding additional stars changes not only the layout of the star field, but it can also affect the 13 stripes.
Possible 51 Star American Flag Designs
With the potential addition of Puerto Rico, 51 star American flag designs have the most alternatives. The first option is the most likely since it closely resembles the current American flag design.
Possible 52 Star American Flag Design
Possible 53 Star American Flag Design
Possible 54 Star American Flag Design
Possible 55 Star American Flag Design
Things are changing every single day so you never know what the future holds.