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Ohio Flag

The Ohio flag has a blue triangle containing a white & red circle surrounded by stars. Next to the triangle are 5 stripes of red & white.
A flagpole with the American flag above the Ohio flag waving in the wind.
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The Ohio flag has a blue triangle containing a white & red circle surrounded by stars. Next to the triangle are 5 stripes of red & white.
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Display your pride in Ohio and its unique flag shape with your very own Ohio state flag! Our American-made Ohio flags are available for indoor and outdoor use.

Most of our outdoor Ohio flags are made of nylon, an excellent material for everyday use and display, thanks to its lightweight properties. This means that your state flag of Ohio flies easily in light breezes and dries quickly after rain to help prevent mildew buildup. 

The nylon version of Ohio’s state flag is available in multiple sizes, including the standard flag size of 3’ x 5’. Each outdoor flag is finished with a canvas header and brass grommets for attachment to any of our outdoor flagpoles

We also offer a heavy-duty polyester flag of Ohio for use in environments with severe winds and harsh climates. Polyester flags are heavier than nylon, requiring stronger winds to fly majestically. The Ohio flag made of polyester is available in the most popular 3’ x 5’ size. 

All outdoor nylon and polyester flags feature:

  • American-made
  • Authentic design
  • Sturdy canvas header*
  • Brass grommets*
  • Long-lasting digital print

*Flags smaller than 8' x 12' are designed with a classic header and grommets, while larger sizes are upgraded with a secure rope and galvanized thimble system.

Create an indoor display for formal settings using our Ohio flag finished with gold fringe and a pole sleeve.

What is the Ohio Flag Shape Called?

Ohio’s flag uses a flag shape called a swallowtail burgee. Burgee refers to triangular flags traditionally used on boats, and swallowtail means that the two fins on the right side of the flag are meant to resemble a swallowbird’s tail.

History of the Ohio Flag

Ohio joined the United States in 1803, becoming the 17th state. For nearly a century, the Ohio state militia carried various flags based on the US stars and stripes. By the 1860s, a flag with the state seal was commonly used at the capitol in Columbus.

In 1901, Cleveland architect John Eisenmann designed a flag to fly over the Ohio Hall at the Pan-American Exhibition. Ohio’s governor was so impressed he obtained a patent for the design. The swallowtail-shaped Ohio state flag was adopted in 1902.

Because of the flag’s non-rectangular design, a folding method proposed by an Eagle Scout was adopted in 2005.

Ohio State Flag Meaning

The flag of Ohio contains many references to symbolism. The large blue triangle represents Ohio’s hills and valleys, while the red and white ‘O’ stands for Ohio, as well as the shape of the buckeye nut and the original Ohio territory. There are 17 stars around the O in the triangle, which symbolize the original 13 US colonies in addition to the four states admitted into the Union later, including Ohio. Finally, the horizontal red and white stripes stand for the roads and waterways of the state.

Why are Ohio Flags at Half Staff Today?

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Other Details

Capitol: Columbus
Flag Adopted: May 9, 1902
Entered Union: March 1, 1803
Motto: "With God, all things are possible"
Nickname: The Buckeye State, The Mother of Presidents, Birthplace of Aviation, The Heart of It All
Known For: Buckeyes, Aviation
State Bird: Cardinal
State Flower: Scarlet Carnation
State Mammal: White-Tailed Deer
Famous Ohioans: Neil Armstrong, Doris Day, Thomas Edison, Clark Gable, James Garfield, Ulysses S. Grant, Warren Harding, Rutherford Hayes, Benjamin Harrison, William McKinley, Toni Morrison, Annie Oakley, Gloria Steinem, William H. Taft