Gadsden Flags

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Gadsden Flag

Available in three different fabrics and seven different sizes. Comes standard with canvas header and brass grommets. If you need help selecting the correct flag call our office during normal business hours. We love to help our customers. Gadsden Flags on a Stick can be found here.

Lightweight polyester – Low cost for low wind conditions or inside use - Imported
Endura-Nylon – Long-lasting, in normal to high-wind conditions (Commercial Quality)
Extra Reinforced – Four additional rows of double stiching to increase flag life

History of Rattlesnake Imagery in America

Join or Die- Gadsden Flag HistoryJoin or Die Benjamin Franklin CartoonIn 1751, Benjamin Franklin published a satirical commentary in the Pennsylvania Gazette which suggested that if Great Britain would continue its policy of sending convicted criminals to the Americas, they should send rattlesnakes to the British as a gesture of thanks. During the French and Indian war, Franklin brought back his favorite symbol of the American spirit. This time his rattlesnake was pictured cut into eight parts of a whole to represent each of the colonies with the words “Join, or Die” which appeared as the first ever political cartoon in an American newspaper. Franklin’s image became so renown that in 1774, as the American Revolution grew, Paul Revere adopted Franklin’s rattlesnake to the masthead of Isaiah Thomas’ newspaper, the Massachusetts Spy, picturing it in battle with a British dragon.

Origins of Gadsden’s Flag

First Navy Jack Flag - Gadsden Flag HistoryFirst Navy Jack FlagGeneral George Washington established the Continental Navy in 1775 to intercept British cargo ships filled with supplies for their troops. To aid the Navy on their first mission, the Second Continental Congress authorized five companies of Marines to accompany them. Those first Marines who signed up in Philadelphia were seen beating yellow drums painted with a coiled rattlesnake and the words, “Don’t Tread on Me.” Before that first Naval mission, Continental Colonel Christopher Gadsden presented newly appointed commander-in-chief of the Navy, Commodore Esek Hopkins, a yellow flag with a rattlesnake to fly from the mainmast of his ship. Ever since, this powerful symbol has been adopted by various government agencies and political groups.

In 1977, the U.S. Navy began a tradition of flying the First Navy Jack, a flag with a rattlesnake, 13 red and white stripes, and the words, “Don’t Tread on Me” from the ship with the longest period of active service.

Show your own strength and independence by flying one of our American made Gadsden Flags in either lightweight polyester or high wind rated nylon.


  • 4

    Posted by John Lewis on Sep 17, 2023


  • 5
    Great Flag

    Posted by Rick Wiley on Jul 22, 2023

    Flag came in a timely manner. Great bright colors, well made with material that looks like it will last.

  • 5
    Gadsden Flag

    Posted by James Blade on Jul 07, 2023

    Good workmanship should last a long while

  • 5
    Great Quality Gadsden Flag

    Posted by William Skeele III on Aug 22, 2022

    Had trouble finding heavy duty Gadsden Flags in the past. This is the best I have found to date!

  • 5
    Gadsden , don’t tread on me

    Posted by David Crittenden on Jan 30, 2022

    Excellent flag, just what I it everyday with old glory. Your products are the very best..thank you.

  • 5
    Very Good Flag......flew one daily for nearly five years before it wore out!

    Posted by Jack Fox on Jan 11, 2022

    Very good product for the money!

  • 5
    What! Made in the United States?

    Posted by Michael Brostowitz on Nov 07, 2021

    Ordered the flag on weekend and received it before the end of the week. Even better yet, it was made in America.

  • 5
    Great Product Delivered Promptly

    Posted by Michael Brostowitz on Nov 07, 2021

    Ordered a flag on a weekend and it was delivered before the end of the week. Even better yet, it was made in America.

  • 5
    Don’t tread on me

    Posted by Rob Ignasak on Feb 16, 2021

    Quadruple stitched made in the USA, great quality product