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The New York flag is a navy rectangular nylon cloth with a white canvas header and brass grommets. In the center of the flag is New York’s coat of arms. The coat of arms features a shield outlined in gold with a yellow sun and its rays in a blue sky shining over a gray and brown Mount Beacon and the blue Hudson River surrounded by green patches of grass in front and behind it. In the river, two brown boats with white sails are floating. On top of the shield is a bald eagle sitting on a globe. The globe is laying on a blue and yellow rope held by Lady Liberty with her cap on a staff and Goddess Justice holding a scale in one hand and a sword in the other. The ladies are standing on a white ribbon that reads “EXCELSIOR” in a black serif fo
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Celebrate the Empire State with the New York Flag! Famous for its city that never sleeps, vast forests, and picturesque mountains. This is the State of New York's flag, not to be confused with the flag of New York City, which we also have.


Outdoor New York State Flags can be displayed in the Big Apple, atop a mountain, or at a NY waterfront. Our New York flag is made out of lightweight nylon for easy flying even in the slightest of breezes.

  • Authentic design
  • 100% nylon
  • Made in USA
  • Extra stitching to prevent fraying
  • Water resistant capabilities allow for quick drying
  • High-quality screen print - durable to sun exposure to keep colors bright and vibrant, all year round

Heavy-duty white canvas header and brass grommets to improve longevity. Learn more from our life span of a flag blog 

When flying the New York State flag with an American flag, the state flag should always fly under it. The state flag should be the same size or smaller, just like any other flag flying with the American flag


Indoor New York flags are designed with a matching navy sleeve and gold fringe. The pole sleeve is used indoors, instead of grommets, and slides onto any of our indoor flagpoles. We also carry New York City flags for indoor use. For a proper display, mount your New York flag on an oak indoor display pole


New York State's flag has remained relatively unchanged in the nearly two and a half centuries of use. It shows the coat of arms of New York, dated 1778, as a symbol of American revolutionaries. The flag was also designed that year and has only undergone one significant change since changing the yellow to a blue background in 1901. In April 2020, the motto "E Pluribus Unum" was added below the original motto "Excelsior."

The New York Coat of Arms symbolizes New York’s importance as a major center of America and that of America as a whole, symbolically uniting the old world and the new.

According to historians, New York's seal symbolizes certain meanings:

  • In the center, a shield reveals the sun rising behind Mount Beacon over the Hudson River. "The shield symbolizes in the full sun the name and idea of Old York and the old world; the mountains, river, and meadow, with the ships, convey the name and idea of New York in the new world."
  • To the right, Justice is ready to fight tyranny with her sword held high.
  • Liberty, on the left, holds her foot on the overthrown English Crown. "This New York is supported by Justice and Liberty and discards monarchy."
  • The world globe is displayed above the shield. "By exhibiting the eastern and western continents on the globe, the old and new are brought together;"
  • Above the world, the globe soars the eagle. "While the eagle on the crest proclaims," Westward the course of empire takes its way."
  • The bottom ribbon exclaims "Excelsior," which means "still higher" or "ever upward."



Other Details

Capitol: Albany
Flag Adopted: April 1, 1901
Entered Union: July 26, 1788
Motto: "Excelsior" / "Ever upward"
Nickname: The Empire State
Known For: Ellis Island, Broadway
State Bird: Eastern Bluebird
State Flower: Rose
State Mammal: Beaver
Famous New Yorkers: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lucille Ball, Millard Fillmore, Billy Joel, Chico, Groucho, Harpo, and Zeppo Marx, Franklin D. and Theodore Roosevelt, Tupac Shakur, Mae West