Mesa, Arizona, City Flag History

Jan 29th, 2017

Mesa is located east of Phoenix, Arizona, in Maricopa County. The city was incorporated in 1883. Mesa did not adopt an official city flag until 2005.



The above unofficial city flag was included in The American City Flag Survey that was conducted in 2004 by the North American Vexillological Association, NAVA. The Mesa flag was obtained by NAVA researchers from Mesa city officials. Apparently, the flag was actually a banner that the city used at trade shows. The flag was ranked 146 out of the 150 flags included in the survey; the fifth worst rated city flag in the United States.


After the NAVA survey, The East Valley Tribune held a city flag design contest. NAVA participated in the contest by choosing the finalists out of the 131 designs that were submitted. Those designs were posted so that Mesa citizens could vote on their favorites. The winning design was created by Mary Jean Crider. The NAVA participants in the contest indicated that her flag design would have rated towards the top of the list in The American City Flag Survey that was conducted in 2004.



The design features a yellow mesa, sun rays over the mesa, a blue sky, and a blue saguaro cactus. The Mesa City Council voted unanimously to officially adopt Crider’s design on March 4, 2005. For the first time in 122 years, the city had an official city flag.


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