Why has the US flag changed 26 times?
Each year on July 4 the U.S. flag is changed if at least one state was admitted to the union since the previous July 4. The number of stars in the starfield of the new flag is equal to the new total number of states comprising the United States. Because the last time a territory was granted statehood was in August of 1959, the last time the U.S. flag was changed was July 4, 1960. As of July of 2006, the 50-star flag has been in use longer than any other U.S. flag (before July of 2006 the 48-star flag had been in use the longest), and as of July 2010 it is the only design that has been in use for over 50 years.
The U.S. flag in 1787, was still the original flag with the 13 stars arranged in the circle pattern. It would not be changed until 1795 to acknowledge Kentucky and Vermont, when it was changed to 15 stars (which were arranged in a 3 across/5 down pattern), and 15 stripes. It would remain this way until 1818 when it then had 20 stars, and the stripes were reduced back to 13 which is how they…
None. By regulation the US Flag must be displayed to the right of or above (if on the same pole) any other flags in display. No flag is allowed to fly above the US Flag, in the United States, though other flags if not on the same pole may be displayed at the same height and to the left of the US Flag.