Grand Union Flag Continental Colors Sewn Nylon 4 X 6 ft. (Made in USA)
This flag is a custom, made-to-order flag of tough, durable and long-lasting nylon fabric. It is fully hand-sewn.
This nylon has the highest tensile and tear strength of any flag you will find, with excellent strength retention under UV exposure, and high resistance to UV fading. The colors are deeper and brighter that last over time, with better wash-fastness and light-fastness than nylons of similar fabric construction. This is a sewn flag, not printed. The grommets are solid brass.
The Grand Union Flag was the first flag of the USA. It was created taking 13 stripes (for the thirteen colonies) and adding the British Flag to the canton.
This was the unofficial American national flag when the Colonies declared independence on July 4th, 1776. It continued to be so until the Continental Congress authorized the Stars and Stripes on 14 June 1777. George Washington’s called it the “Great Union Flag” one of his letters, but today we know it best as the “Grand Old Union Flag.” It is also known as the Continental Colors.
We know this flag was first flown by the Continental Navy on ships of the Delaware River, and John Paul Jones wrote that he was the first one to raise it on an American vessel – the Alfred on 3 December 1775.
It was also famously raised on the liberty pole of Prospect Hill, near Washington’s headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
You can see the design of the flag of Great Britain in the upper left corner. It is worth noting that this is different from the United Kingdom flag of today, which was modified when Northern Ireland joined with Great Britain.