Sunrise Over the Lake

Designed by Robert Lenz


The sun rising over Lake Michigan symbolizes a new day. The light blue bars in its reflection represent the city’s three rivers and founding towns. Gold symbolizes our brewing history and white represents unity.


On June 14, 2016, Flag Day, this flag was declared the People’s Flag of Milwaukee.

Rated highest amongst four other finalists, as determined by the public, “Sunrise Over the Lake” will hereby fly as a symbol of potential and aspiration. 

Professional designers and facilitators engaged hundreds of students in workshops across the city. Months of social media communications invited amateurs and professionals alike to enter their flag designs. The result was over 1,000 stunning entries.

Five expert judges gathered on April 23, 2016 and narrowed down the entries to 45 semifinalists and five finalists. Following the announcement of the five finalists at City Hall on May 14, 2016, Milwaukeeans rated each on a 0–10 scale to determine the highest rated entry.


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