There have been at least 28 versions of the American flag.
According to legend, the first American flag was made in 1776 by Betsy Ross, a Philadelphia seamstress who was acquainted with George Washington.
The first official US flag was approved by the Continental Congress in 1777. The blue rectangle contained 13 stars, representing the original 13 colonies. The last new star was added to the US flag on July 4, 1960, after Hawaii became a state. The current US flag features 50 stars (one per state) and thirteen strips (representing the thirteen colonies which declared independence) and was designed in 1958 by Robert Heft at age 17 during his junior year in high school. Heft’s design was adopted by presidential proclamation in 1959.