Where to See the World's Largest American Flags?
Anyone who has spent time traveling across the US has probably seen impressively sized American flags. You see them everywhere — at local car dealerships, veteran memorials, and anywhere where people want to show off their love for America. However, only one place can claim to have the largest American flag. Keep reading to learn about the largest American flag displays you can find. While it is unlikely that you will ever own the largest American flag in the world, you can still have the largest flag in your neighborhood when you shop at AmericanFlags.com!
The World’s Largest American Flag: The Superflag
In 1981, Ski Demski of Long Beach, California, commissioned the Superflag, the world’s largest American flag. The Superflag is a massive flag measuring 255’x555’. It weighs more than 3,000 lbs and requires the help of more than 600 volunteers to transport! Each star is 17 feet high, and the stripes are 20 feet wide. The flag is so huge that it can cover a football field one and a half times.
In 1996, the flag was displayed over the Hoover Dam to celebrate the Olympics. It took hundreds of volunteers, industrial-grade cables, and several hours to hang the flag over the dam. It received the title of the world’s largest flag by the Guinness Book of World Records. While it has lost the title of the world’s biggest flag, it is still the world’s biggest American flag.
The Superflag’s impressive size makes it a staple of any patriotic event. Throughout its life, it has been unfurled at iconic events like the Superbowl, the World Series, and more. While the Superflag is not currently on display, interested parties may request to rent the Superflag. The Superflag is featured on AmericanFlags.com’s list of famous American flags.
The Tallest Symbol of Freedom: The Acuity Flagpole
While the flag flying on top of the Acuity flagpole can not claim the title of “World’s Largest American Flag,” it is the world’s largest free-flying American flag. What that means is that it is continuously on display for anyone to visit. It flies on top of a massive 400-foot flagpole.
The Acuity flagpole, which dubs itself the “World’s Tallest Symbol of Freedom,” stands on the Acuity Insurance campus, right between Milwaukee and Green Bay, Wisconsin. Surrounding the flagpole is a veterans’ memorial featuring the names of 750+ Sheboygan County residents who made the ultimate sacrifice while serving our country.
As for the flag itself, it measures 70’x140’, weighs 250 lbs, and covers nearly 9,800 square feet. It flies for approximately 130 days before it is retired and replaced with a new one.
Anyone who wishes to see the flag and the memorial can visit the Acuity Campus anytime, though the flag may be stored inside during severe weather.
However, Neither Flag Will Have Its Title for Much Longer!
As of July 2023, the Superflag holds the title for the largest American flag, but that is expected to change soon. Worchester Resources has plans to make the tiny town of Columbia Falls, Maine, home to the largest American flag and the tallest flagpole in the world. The project includes a plan to build a flagpole rising 1,776 feet above sea level (taller than the Empire State Building!), a 4,000-seat auditorium, and moment walls with the names of 24 million US veterans. The expected completion date is July 4, 2026.
AmericanFlags.com is proud to have headquarters in North Carolina and New York! While neither state is home to the largest American flag, both states have impressive displays of patriotism nearby. Here are some quick facts about these other notable large American flags!
Gastonia, North Carolina Flag
Erected in 1999, this flag once held the title of the largest free-flying American flag. This flag measures 65’x114’, weighs 180 lbs, and covers 7,410 square feet. People who want to see this large American flag can drive around Crowder’s Mountain, just outside of Charlotte, North Carolina, and Gastonia.
George Washington Bridge Flag
A few days a year, a massive American flag flies over the George Washington Bridge in New Jersey. This flag, which is suspended from a cable over the bridge, measures 60’x90’ and weighs just under 400 lbs. It is unfurled during the following holidays: MLK Day, Presidents Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day, 9/11, Columbus Day, and Veterans Day.
Check Out These Large American Flags in Stock!
Flying a large American flag creates bold patriotic displays visible for miles. As the most trusted American flag retailer, AmericanFlags.com proudly carries several large versions of Old Glory. Read about our large US flags currently in stock as of the article’s posting.
American flags, 15’x25’ to 20’x38’, feature extra-sturdy, roped headings reinforced with galvanized steel thimble and alternating rust-resistant brass grommets. These parts create extra strong connection points between your flag and the flagpole so your flag can last the long haul. To prevent fraying and tearing, our large American flags have six stitches on the fly end, four rows of lock stitching of the heading, and a corner patch on the heading and fly hem for added reinforcement. Order a large American flag to learn why thousands of customers trust AmericanFlags.com for their flag-buying needs!
Tips for Flying Large American Flags
1. Do not overflag! Please choose a flag that is appropriate for your size flagpole. We recommend the following flagpoles for large American flags.
- 15’x25’ = 70’ flagpole
- 20’x30’ = 80’ flagpole
- 20’x38’ = 80’ flagpole
2. Take down your flag during inclement weather. Flying your flag during a hurricane, snowstorm, or other harsh weather can significantly shorten the lifespan of your flag. A major storm can even shred your flag!
3. Choose a lightweight fabric like nylon if you live in an area with moderate to low winds. Large American flags weigh a lot and require more wind to fly. We recommend purchasing nylon to see your flag fly during low winds days.
FAQ About Large American Flags
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Where are Large American Flags Used?
Proud patriots can fly a large American flag in their front yard, but these flags are most commonly used next to large commercial buildings. Locations such as sports stadiums, car dealerships, and large venues will use these flags to create prominent patriotic displays to maximize visibility.
Do You Sell Larger American Flags?
Yes, we currently sell the following large American flags.
These flags are made to order. This means we do not stock these products but can request delivery as soon as they are available. American flags in these sizes are only manufactured occasionally due to their proportions and therefore have limited availability. As of the publication of this blog, we expect these products to ship within 9 to 12 weeks.
Can I Order My Large American Flag in a Different Material?
We sell flags made of durable commercial-grade polyester in sizes as large as 30’x60. Large 30'x60' Tough-Tex American flags usually ship in 9 to 12 weeks.
I Don’t Have a Large Flagpole. How Can I Display My Large American Flag?
If you do not have a flagpole large enough to display your flag, you may hang your American Flag vertically using the following tips from our blog, The Proper Way to Hang Your U.S. Flag Vertically.
What is the Etiquette for Flying Large American Flags?
Flag etiquette is the same as standard-size American flags. Your flagpole should be at least double the length of the flag so that your flag does not touch the ground when lowered to half-mast.