The flag of North Carolina was adopted by statute of the North Carolina General Assembly on 9 March 1885 and was defined as follows:
That the flag of North Carolina shall consist of a blue union, containing in the center thereof a white star with the letter "N" in gilt on the left and the letter "C" in gilt on the right of said star, the circle containing the same to be one-third the width of the union. The fly of the flag shall consist of two equally proportioned bars; the upper bar to be red, the lower bar to be white; that the length of the bars horizontally shall be equal to the perpendicular length of the union, and the total length of the flag shall be one-third more than its width. That above the star in the center of the union there shall be a gilt scroll in semi-circular form, containing in black letters this inscription "May 20th 1775," and that below the star there shall be a similar scroll containing in black letters the inscription: "April 12th 1776".
The dates of 20 May 1775 and 12 April 1776 symbolise the Mecklenburg Declaration of Independence and the Halifax Resolves respectively.
The flag of North Carolina was designed by Johnston Jones. The flag's ratio is 2:3.