With pieces of legislation like the All-American Flag Act gaining traction, more and more people are mandating that their American flags be made in the USA. We wholeheartedly agree and have compiled all the places to find flags that are 100% domestic. Below is our research, along with some tips at the end to help spot American-made flag manufacturers versus the ones who import their products from other countries.
Where to Find American Flags Made in the USA
The Valley Forge Flag Company is a family-run business that has been around since 1882. Headquartered in Wyomissing, PA, they began making flags in bulk starting around World War II when demand was incredibly high from the military and other government contracts. Now they employ over 300 people and are sourcing all of their materials and labor domestically to make some of the best U.S. flags on the market. They are one of the founding members of the Flag Manufacturers’ Association of America (FMAA) and as such, all of their flags are FMAA certified 100% made in the USA from the initial raw materials all the way down to the final stitch. They make a variety of U.S. flags (both on the national and state level) in styles from small stick flags for your front yard all the way up to large flag and flagpole combinations.
Not too long after Valley Forge Flag Company was born, the Eder family came along in 1887 to form the Eder Manufacturing Co., which started manufacturing flags at scale starting in 1903. Eder is based in Oak Creek, Wisconsin currently (moved there from Milwaukee in 1979) and maintains their same level of commitment to craftsmanship and quality U.S. materials as they did over 100 years ago. Today, they are an employee-owned company and making hundreds of different U.S. flag styles, both national and local. Eder not only produces flags, but is a huge flagpole manufacturer as well.
CF Flag (short for Chicago Flag and Decorating Company) has been proudly making flags in the U.S. since 1898, and, along with Eder and Valley Forge, is one of the largest U.S. flag manufacturers in America. They are based in Huntsville, Alabama, where they operate an 80,000 square foot manufacturing facility making all of their different flag styles. CF Flag is also one of the founding members of the FMAA (along with Valley Forge and others), which means they abide by all the certification rules to ensure their flags are 100% made in the USA. Not only are they a big manufacturer of the American flag, but they also produce all state flags and international ones as well. Their flags come in a few different types of material – nylon, polyester, cotton, and their government variety, which adheres to strict federal regulations on the materials used.
Annin is one of the premier and largest flagmakers in the entire country. They have been making American flags here since 1847 and are a 6th generation family owned and operated company with factories in Virginia and Ohio employing over 500 American workers. Annin is synonymous with big moments in American history, their flags were used in the moon landing and the famous hoisting of the American flag at the battle of Iwo Jima. Being one of the largest flagmakers in the U.S., Annin is also one of the founding members of the FMAA. Not only do they make high quality U.S. flags, they also have state flags, military flags, and many others to choose from.
Rushmore Rose USA is a small family run company that makes a great 3 x 5 or 5 x 8 U.S. flag perfect for a lot of homes. They are FMAA certified and also one of the most affordable options on our list. Overall, you really can’t go wrong with one of their standard options for your home if you’re on a budget.
Allegiance Flag Supply is a relatively new company with a strong mission – to fly a high quality flag made in the USA. And man, are they delivering. All of their flags are hand-sewn starting with a Tex 70 nylon thread and double needle lock stitching. Their flags are simply made to last. Look at their “Gold Standard” American flag in particular – a staple for any front porch.
Veterans Flag Depot is a big online-only seller and manufacturer of American flags that was started in 2004. They supply flags to several local cities, military bases, and law enforcement departments, among other places. Their selection is absolutely massive, which is one of the reasons we really like them – everything from U.S. flags, to state, military, religious flags, lapel pins, and more. Their shipping policy is also very convenient. If you place your order by early afternoon, typically they will have it out the door on the same day.
Flags USA is another online-only flag company that is family owned and operated and has been in business since 1987. All of their flags are 100% made in the USA and they have a really robust product selection. American, military, state, ISO, and first responder flags are just a few of the varieties that they offer. Flags USA will even print a custom flag for you! We were really impressed by their customer service as well – their staff is very responsive to questions and always polite.
MetalHeads flags are handmade in Erie, Pennsylvania. As their name suggests, they have some incredibly cool metal flag designs of the American flag, Semper Fi, and several other designs. Many of their American flag designs come with custom messages like “God Bless America” and “Don’t Tread on Me.”
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How to Tell If a Flag is Made in the USA
The easiest way to tell if your flag is 100% made in the USA is by looking for an FMAA certification logo on the flag. Formed in 2003 by several manufacturers in our list, the FMAA is the Flag Manufacturers’ Association of America and their certification process ensures that 100% of the materials and labor that go into each flag comes from the USA. Look for this badge on your flag:
Other “Made in the USA” language
This tip seems obvious, but there are several different ways a manufacturer can message “made in the USA” without it being 100% true. For example, “made in the USA with global parts” or “assembled in the USA” means that only part of the process was accomplished in the states, using a domestic workforce to make the products, but not actually getting the materials from here. Look for clear and definitive language in their statement on the flag.
Look For a Country of Origin
U.S. Customs and Border Protection requires all products to display their country of origin. Look for it carefully on your flag! If you can’t find it, look up the manufacturer online and do some research to see where their manufacturing facilities are. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the large majority of imported U.S. flags come from China.
Read our full guide for more tips on how to find American made products.