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The California State Flag
The State Flag of California features the famous grizzly bear and the red lone star. It serves as a symbol of honor, heritage and regional pride and is displayed at state buildings. The California State Flag is also flown on national and state holidays and on any other days proclaimed by the governor. There is a strict Order of Precedence for flags. State Flags are displayed in order as they entered the Union.

Date entered the Union: 1850
California is the 31st state
Date the flag was adopted: 1911,
modified in 1953


Facts on the California State Flag Etiquette
Facts and information about flying the ensign and the display of the Californian Flag:

California State Flag - Display Facts
Fact 1: It may be flown every day in the 31st state when weather permits
Fact 2: It may be flown from sunrise until sunset. If it is displayed outdoors in the "Golden State", it should be flown from a flagpole

Fact 3: The Californian flag may be flown at night when properly lighted

Fact 4: The  flagpole may be at least two and one-half times as long as the ensign

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California State Car Flags
Car Flags are often displayed to represent of an individual's allegiance to their state. California State car flags are used by their owners as mobile emblems of their home. Car flags are usually made from strong materials and are attached to a car via a pole and clip window attachment.

History, Description, Colors and Symbols of the California State Flag
The California flag is the official identifying symbol of the state, the design of which is established by law in the constitution of the "Golden State". What does the flag stand for? The colors, devices and emblems displayed on the California State Flag are not arbitrary but have a definite symbolic meaning. The description, history and meaning of the symbols and colors of the California State Flag are as follows:

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Capital: Sacramento
Date of Statehood: 9 September 1850
(31st state)
"Golden State"
Flag Ratio: 2:3

What is the design of the California state flag?  
 The design is a red lone star and a grizzly bear on a white background (field)
What does the red star mean or symbolize?
 The red star is a a symbol of the California "Lone Star Republic"
 According to the ancient laws of heraldry a star symbolizes honor, achievement and hope.
What does the bear mean or symbolize?
 In heraldry the bear symbolizes strength and bravery and the bear is the emblem of ferocity in the protection of kindred.
What are the colors and what do the colors mean, or symbolize, in heraldry?
 The color red is a symbol of hardiness, bravery, strength & valor
 The color white is a symbol of peace and honesty
 The color green is a symbol of the earth, agriculture, fertility and hope, joy and love
What is the shape and ratio? The 'Hoist' is the width and the 'Fly' is the length.
 The ratio is 2:3 meaning it is 2 units tall for every 3 units wide.
Who designed the California State Flag?
 William L. Todd is credited with the design of the Grizzly Bear on which the design of Californian ensign is based
What is the history of the California State Flag? 
 Its history is based on the flags adopted by the California Republic - see details below
When was the California State Flag officially adopted by the state's legislature? (Most US flags were designed in 19th & 20th centuries)
 It was officially adopted by the 1911 State Legislature
The California state flag is kept and used as required by the code specified in the constitution of the state.

Alta California
Alta California (which means Upper California in English) was a province and territory in the Viceroyalty of New Spain and later a territory in independent Mexico. The American settlers launched revolts against Mexico in 1836 and 1846.

The Bear Flag of California - 1846

Bear Flag of California

The California Lone Star Flag - 1836

California Lone Star Flag - 1836

The California Lone Star Flag - First Revolt against Mexico in 1836
The Lone Star Flag of California contained a single red star on a white background. The distinctive red five-pointed star first appeared in Monterey on Alvarado's California Lone Star Flag. Juan Alvarado and Isaac Graham led the first revolution against Mexican rule in 1836. During the first revolt the rebels captured Monterey and declared California "a free and sovereign state". Their first rebellion failed to secure independence for California but it inspired the design of the flag used in the Bear Flag Revolt that followed.

The Bear Flag Revolt - 1846
The Bear Flag was the original flag of the California Republic and flown during the Bear Flag Revolt which was proclaimed on June 14, 1846. The Bear Flag Revolt, again led by Juan Alvarado and Isaac Graham, relates to a revolt by American settlers (called the 'Bear Flaggers') in the Mexican territory of Alta California against Mexico.
The Grizzly Bear Flag was designed and made by William L. Todd, who was the cousin of Mary Todd Lincoln, who became the wife of future American president Abraham Lincoln. The main objective of the Bear Flaggers was to make California part of the U.S. and the republic merged with America. For additional facts refer to California Republic Timeline.


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