The North Carolina state flag consists of a vertical blue field on the left and on the right two horizontal bars of equal width, the top one red and the bottom one blue. A white, five-pointed star is centered in the blue field. The letter "N" in gilt is to the left of the star, and the letter "C" is to the right. A gilt scroll centered above the star contains the inscription "May 20th 1775", the date of the Mecklenburg County, North Carolina, Declaration of Independence from Great Britain. A gilt scroll below the star contains the inscription "April 12th 1776", the date of the Halifax Resolves adopted by North Carolina, the first official action in the American Colonies calling for independence from Great Britain during the American Revolution.
North Carolina flags for outdoor use are constructed of a durable nylon fabric especially developed for flag use. Nylon's tight weave provides maximum beauty and flyability as well as brilliant, fast colors. Its weave helps shed pollution, dirt and grime that the looser weave alternatives absorb. Nylon is water repellent and mildew resistant.