Terry cloth American flag tribute lines beach in front of TradeWinds Island Resorts

Posted at 11:35 AM, Jul 04, 2017
and last updated 2017-07-04 17:44:04-04

Take a walk along St. Pete beach this Fourth of July and you may see a 76 foot long original Betsy Ross Flag made completely of dyed terry cloth towels. It is a 13 year tradition that is right in front of the TradeWinds Island Resorts.

The laundry crew at the TradeWinds works for hours to construct the flag. They dyed terry cloth towels red and blue. The team started assembling the flag, made of more than 900 towels, at 6:00 a.m. on the Fourth of July. Organizers said they make the flag to honor veterans. The man who started the project was a veteran himself. 

In addition to taking pictures with the flag, visitors can sign their names and write a message to military veterans on a giant banner that the hotel will give to the Honor Flight.

The flag will be out until 6 p.m. on the Fourth of July. They will clean it up early if gets stormy during the day.