The Cedar Rapids city flag (below) turns 60 years old in 2022. I'm sure we can all agree it's time for an update. Having said that, I do love the message on the flag that was designed by Fred Easker, Jr., a Cedar Rapids Jefferson student at that time. "Proud of Yesterday. Progressive Today. Promising Tomorrow." That rings true to this day.

Photo: City of Cedar Rapids
Photo: City of Cedar Rapids

How We Got to This Point

Residents were asked to tell the city the colors, symbols, and shapes that they thought best fit Cedar Rapids. Concept flags were then created. A local committee and the North American Vexillological Association (NAVA) presented feedback.

How It Was Narrowed to Four

According to their website, NAVA "is an international, non-profit, scholarly organization dedicated to vexillology, the study of flags and their cultural, historical, political, and social significance. It is the largest association of its kind in the world."

The City of Cedar Rapids says NAVA's guidelines for flags are:

  • Keep It Simple
  • Use Meaningful Symbolism
  • Use 2-3 Basic Colors
  • No Lettering or Seals
  • Be Distinctive or Related

You can vote for your favorite new city flag option through Tuesday, August 31. The flag that gets the most votes will be unveiled as the new city flag at the downtown Cedar Rapids public library on Saturday, September 18 at 10 a.m. The Downtown Farmers Market will be happening at that time.

The four choices are below, along with a description of what each signifies. The link to vote on your favorite is below the flags.

New Cedar Rapids Flag Options

Residents can vote for their favorite new Cedar Rapids city flag option through August 31. The new flag choice will be revealed at the Downtown Farmers Market on Saturday, September 18.

Vote For Your Favorite Cedar Rapids City Flag HERE

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