17 Years Worth of American Flag T-Shirts From Old Navy in All Their Glory

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When I think of the 4th of July, I usually think of the John Adams‘ letter to his wife Abigail, “The Second Day of July 1776, will be the most memorable Epocha, in the History of America.I am apt to believe that it will be celebrated, by succeeding Generations, as the great anniversary Festival. It ought to be commemorated, as the Day of Deliverance by solemn Acts of Devotion to God Almighty. It ought to be solemnized with Pomp and Parade, with Shews, Games, Sports, Guns, Bells, Bonfires and Illuminations from one End of this Continent to the other from this Time forward forever more.”

Each year I read this quote and giggle to myself because we celebrate America’s Independence Day on the fourth day of July. Adams was right about everything else– the parades, the games, the sports, the fireworks– everything. But, he missed one thing– the Old Navy American flag t-shirts. A tradition unlike any other.

17 Years Worth of American Flag T-Shirts From Old Navy in All Their Glory:

1. 1999

Old Glory looks like it partied like it was 1999. The ragged edges work though. You know that flag has been flying high over a car dealership somewhere in the Plains.



2. 2000

Love the subtle phrasing here. I would’ve gone with, “Y2Krazy,” but whatever.


3. 2001

The experimental bold font is possibly a nod to the experimental government our Founding Fathers set up. It looks rugged like the Declaration of Independence.


4. 2002

The addition of the flag pole makes it feel like a soldier carried that flag through battle.


5. 2003

Perhaps 2003’s design was a reminder that we should all live like Old Navy– flag (country), retail (family), now (the year).


6. 2004

This year was all about the flag, but also a nod to capitalism.


7. 2005

In 2005, you’ll remember, it was all about that center-justified life. Even at Old Navy, even on the Fourth of July.


8. 2007

A mere 7 years after the “turn of the century,” Old Navy said “enough is enough” and went old school crazy with their fonts. The attention to detail on the flagpole is Met-worthy– even the rope is flying in the wind.


9. 2009

By the time 2009 rolled around America was in a major recession and after losing one of its greatest resources in Michael Jackson, Old Navy went back to basics.


10. 2010

In an effort to bring Old Navy customers back to center, 2010’s shirt put “Old Navy” back at the top.


11. 2011

The year 2011, the year of our Lord, featured a giant American flag– loosely based on the flag you’ve seen on TV for years.


12. 2012

To cut costs, Old Navy went back to the wavy flag design of yesteryear and opted for a smaller font in 2012.


13. 2013

To say 2013 was a big year for the Old Navy Flag T would the understatement of the century. For the first time since 2000, a slogan was featured on the shirt and not just any slogan, “Land of the Free.”


14. 2014

It’s important to celebrate the little things in life and the big things in life. Old Navy knows that so why not combine America’s 238th birthday with the company’s 20th? That’s called two birds, one stone and a hell of a great shirt.


15. 2015

You think baseball is an American tradition? Apple pie? NASA? Free elections? No. Try Old Navy, an American tradition since 1994.


16. 2016

The summer of 2016 featured the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, plus the reminder that Old Navy is the place to shop in the “Land of the Free.”


17. 2017

This year’s shirt features a big move from Old Navy– the year is split. One will have to truly concentrate on the chest of their friend or family wearing the shirt to know what year it’s from. Also, not to be outdone by any other company jumping on the “do you” bandwagon, Old Navy wants you to use any bathroom you want and “live free.”