Manchester Residents to Vote on Flag Design for City

Manchester Residents to Vote on Flag Design November 7

Final designs were chosen from over 300 submissions from judging panel of Manchester residents

On November 7, a supplemental color ballot will be provided for city residents to select the flag they think best represents Manchester.  The current, (unofficial) seal on a white background is a choice, along with the three finalists from the June 2017 Manchester Waves flag contest.  The flags will be selected via a non-binding referendum, meaning that the Board of Mayor and Aldermen retain the right to make a final selection.

The flag contest was a locally-generated, non-political exercise in civic engagement, and received nearly 300 entries from across New Hampshire and well beyond.  The three finalists all have strong ties to Manchester, and include familiar symbolisms in their designs.

This process was undertaken by a devoted volunteer group that included the Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce (GMCC), NH Institute of Art (NHIA), Manchester Arts Commission (MAC), and the Manchester Historic Association (MHA).

Residents should remember that no matter which flag is chosen, Manchester’s city seal will not changeThis contest was a way to increase the functionality and visibility of the city flag, not to disrespect the seal in any way.  A new flag would complement the seal rather than replace it.

“An innovative design for our city flag is a fantastic way to encourage civic engagement while also positively marketing and branding our community,” said Michael Skelton, President & CEO of the GMCC. “A city flag serves as a tool that will share the story about the history and the future of Manchester to those throughout the state of New Hampshire and beyond.”

“As one of the premier colleges of art and design in the nation, our students and faculty clearly understand the value of good design,” adds NHIA President Kent Devereaux. “We’ve been proud to call Manchester our home for almost 120 years. So, we couldn’t be more thrilled to participate in this initiative that recognizes the value a well-designed city flag could play in fostering civic pride and marketing the amazing things happening in Manchester today.”

“At the Manchester Historic Association, we loved the educational elements of this process. Now that we are getting closer to Election Day, it will be intriguing to see which of the designs the voters embrace,” said John Clayton, Executive Director, Manchester Historic Association.

To learn more about the contest and designs, visit or visit Manchester Waves on Facebook!

Manchester Residents – be sure to consider a City Flag Design on November 7th when you are at the Polls!

Final Designs


Designer: Megan Roy, Manchester NH

This flag contains the blue and yellow of the NH state flag, as well as a crown to represent the city’s favorite nickname: Queen City.


Designer: Peter Raiche, Manchester NH

Manchester is nicknamed the Queen City and the queen’s crown represents our city’s nickname. The blue in the flag represents the Merrimack River that runs through our city. The red on the sides of the flag represent the mill buildings. While the river divides the city, the mill buildings that were built on each side of the river bring us back together as we work, live and play in them.


Designer: Brian Gallagher, N. Bethesda, MD

(Manchester resident, 1983-2006)

The flag is intersected by a green band, mirroring the Merrimack River flowing through Manchester.  In the middle, an abstraction of a waterfall references the “good fishing place,” Amoskeag Falls, central to the city from its earliest days. The falling water design forms the shape of the letter M with its vertical lines angled at 12 degrees to represent the city’s wards.  The flag’s field is blue for the waters of the Merrimack River while the band is green for Manchester’s abundant greenspace.