Long Beach, California, City Flag

Mar 2nd, 2018


Long Beach is located on the Pacific Ocean coast. It lies in the southeast corner of the Greater Los Angeles area in southern California. Long Beach was originally named Willmore by the developer of the town, William Willmore. In 1888, the city was incorporated and renamed Long Beach.


The city of Long Beach adopted an official flag in 1967. In the early 1960s, the city held several city flag design contests, but none of the designs submitted were acceptable to them. A member of the administration suggested using a variation of the Port of Long Beach’s flag. That flag was designed by the Harbor Department Director of Administration Al Maddy around 1964. The flag was redesigned to remove the Port of Long Beach name and logo and replacing it with the Long Beach city seal and the wording “City of Long Beach” “The International City”.


The meanings assigned to the flag design include the following:


*     Blue: The Pacific Ocean

*     Gold: Represents the city’s beach sand

*     White: Clean air

*     Goddess on the Seal: She is a metaphoric image used to symbolize her protection and her blessing the arts, commerce, recreation, and industry of the city


In 2004, the North American Vexillological Association, NAVA, conducted The American City Flag Survey. Long Beach’s flag ranked 90th out of 150 flags. Most city’s that use a city coat of arms or seal ranked low in the survey. Read the top five Vexillologist rules of simple flag design.


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