60 American Flag Pictures That Will Make You Feel Patriotic
Because every heart beats true under red, white, and blue.
Incredible American flag photos that make you proud to be an American
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“Shortly after his deployment to Afghanistan, my younger brother was wounded in an enemy rocket attack. I decided to create a photo essay to honor him and all those who have served. I photograph people with the Stars and Stripes and ask them what the flag means to them. Pictured here is retired Marine Robert Frazier, running across his family’s cornfield in Harrisonburg, Virginia. He, and I, are very proud of this country.”—Kate Magee, Richmond, Virginia.
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Flying proudly in the heartland
A beautiful sight of the stars and stripes captured.
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A powerful symbol
This beautiful display of red, white, and blue is truly a sight to see.
Flag in a droplet
“From my desk on the 22nd floor of my office in Philadelphia, I have an incredible view of the flag on the roof of the building across the street. I snapped this photo two years ago on a rainy day in April. When I went to edit it on my phone, I noticed that each raindrop was tinted with red, white, and blue. The complete American flag is reflected—reversed and upside down—in the center drop.” —Ashleigh Rockey, Kirklyn, Pennsylvania.
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The stars and stripes lit up
Proof that even if you don’t have an actual flag, you can still proudly display America’s colors.
Freedom: sweet as pie
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“After a windstorm last July, the flag in front of our home got flipped up and stuck on the flagpole. My boyfriend, an Air Force veteran, went outside to untangle it. About 15 minutes later, I realized he was still there, admiring the flag and watching the cars go by. I grabbed my camera and took this photo from our kitchen window. My boyfriend had no idea until he came inside, but now he thinks it’s just as idyllic as I do.” —Michele Garrant, Mooers Forks, New York.
Long may it wave
“When I arrived at the Washington Monument on a photography trip in September 2014, I had a certain idea: to shoot straight up the monument and toward the sky. But after seeing the circle of 50 flags that surrounds the bottom of the structure, I decided I wanted a shot from the base of a flagpole. I revisited the site about four times throughout the day to find an hour when the sun did not conflict with the photo. In the end, I took just one picture. This was it.”—Patrick Trepp, Cedar Rapids, Iowa.
Stones and stripes
“On a cloudy morning walk along the Wisconsin shore of Lake Superior last July, my husband, my father, and I spotted this configuration of colorful rocks in the sand. I felt moved that someone had created such a distinct display of patriotism. And because my son had just completed four years of service in the U.S. Army, it meant that much more. The beach was empty on this day, but we left the arrangement undisturbed for others to enjoy as well.”—Julie Bishop, Weatherford, Texas.
“This flag flies over the honor roll memorial marker on the west side of my town’s historic courthouse in Hamilton County, Indiana. I took this photo just before Memorial Day a few years ago, and loved the curved angle that the bottom edge of the flag made as it folded in on itself after a gust of wind. The flag quietly honors our heroes—the men and women who earned the freedom that I enjoy.”—Andrew Schmidt, Noblesville, Indiana
The family barn
“Nothing reflects our country’s history better than Old Glory and old barns. On a bitterly cold winter’s day, I decided to hang this 8-foot-wide flag on our decades-old barn in Cool Ridge, West Virginia. The sun came out briefly during a break in the storm and lit the barn up from behind. This image was the result.”—Lynn Carr, Cool Ridge, West Virginia.
Stars and sand
Move over, starfish—we’re looking for different kinds of stars on this beach.
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America over the moon
Don’t be fooled—there are 50 stars in this night sky.
A remote flag
“Contrasted with this young man’s back, the flag becomes a symbol more important than any one person’s identity; it eclipses race and gender to become an image of something greater than each of us as individuals.”—Bredt Bredthauer, Temple, Texas
Reflections of Glory
“The memorial is both a visual and auditory experience. The sight of so many American flags is striking, but the whipping sound they make in the wind is unreal.”—Sandra Miller, Buckhannon, West Virginia.
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A small hand holds the flag
An adorable glimpse into America’s future.
Standout stars and stripes
“I took this photo of an American flag beach towel at a breezy park where driftwood is born. The flag looks so beautiful against the tree and the ocean.”—Mary McCarey, Tamarac, Florida
A stark comparison
“The blue of the building was bright and beautiful. The flag looked very weary and sad. It was a hard time in my life. In the flag, I saw empathy and felt comfort.”—Carol Stroll, Pittsfield, Massachusetts
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America’s bright future
This is one of those American flag photos that’s truly inspirational.
For purple mountain majesties
The American flag hangs with pride in the mountains.
Grand ol’ flag
“I was on a location scout for a movie in Montana and we stopped by a small general store in a tiny town. There was a tall makeshift flagpole with an old, worn but still vibrant American flag on it flying proudly in the wind.”— Phill Matarrese, Alameda, California.
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Proudly standing in the park
The sun sets soundly on the stars and stripes.
Freedom flying across the field
One of the best (and cutest) American flag pictures we’ve seen!
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More color to accompany the red, white, and blue
The stars, stripes, and tulips—what more can you ask for?
United in freedom
“The land in Idaho where we live is pristine with a large number of animals. Forest fires are common in the late summer months. The Wesley Fire that occurred in 2012 threatened the entire valley. Using our pond water to fight the fire, we felt compelled to show support for the resources used to protect us. I saddled my horse Moonshadow and rode parallel with the helicopter, proudly flying the American flag. The crew of the Sky Crane responded with their siren, and at that moment I had the clear understanding of the pride in being an American.”—Susan Schaffer, New Meadows, Idaho
A truly shining sea
“I took this photo in the Atlantic Ocean on top of the sail of the USS Norfolk, a U.S. nuclear-powered fast attack submarine on its final mission prior to inactivation in 2015. I am a U.S. Navy submariner who truly enjoys the opportunity to defend this great nation.”—Michael Dlabaj, Kittery, Maine. Don’t miss these American flag etiquette mistakes you might be making.
Wrapped in comfort
“Wrapped in the ‘flag blanket’ reminded me of the many virtues symbolized by our flag.”—Mark Greenberg, Leawood, Kansas
“My husband is a Vietnam veteran. This American flag is one of four flags that are proudly displayed over Lake Crescent with the Olympic Mountains in the background. We display the American flags as a symbol of our love, loyalty and respect for America.”—Karen Jensen, Port Angeles, Washington.
“I snapped this photo of the flag that flies at my home. The splendor of our American flag, gently unfurling as the sun set behind it, created a serene ending to the day.”—Kelli Druckemiller, McClure, Pennsylvania
Flying at new heights
“We all looked to the skies with pride, respect, and admiration as a member of the U.S. Air Force Academy Wings of Blue precision parachute team floats through the clear blue skies above Davis-Monthan Air Force Base in Tuscan, Arizona.”—Beth Holt, Box Elder, South Dakota
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The American flag up close
You can see the stitching of the stars and stripes.
Pride in paint
“My nephew, who recently retired from a 24-year Army Reserve career, moved back on the farm where he was raised. He decided to restore an old shed. With just the upper left hand portion of the shed remaining to be painted, a thought struck him: “I wonder if I could create a flag on that remaining section?” Here is the final project with his grandsons Aiden and Jaxson.”—Margaret Yost, Etters, Pennsylvania
Watching in wonder
“Staring up at our beautiful flag never fails to fill me with pride. I love how the fireworks illuminate the flag, gracefully waving in the breeze.”—Merry Carter, Feasterville Trevose, Pennsylvania.
America on the dash
The flag gets to see its country from a different perspective.
Paying his respects
“The American flags represented thousands of Louisiana soldiers who had given their lives for our magnificent country. My 2 ½ year old grandson was in awe of so many flags. He reached to straighten a leaning flag. That was the moment I captured and could internalize those Louisiana soldiers gave their lives so that my little grandson could walk freely as an American citizen.”—Charlanne Cress, Zachary, Louisiana
“While respectfully facing the nearest flag, as the start of the work day Colors played, I thought I spotted a bald eagle sharing this honorable tribute with me. When I could zoom in on the image, I realized (with goosebumps) that I was witnessing two of the country’s most enduring symbols in one single frame.”—Michael Nyikes, Suffolk, Virginia.
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