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List of Massachusetts state symbols

This is a list of official symbols of the United States Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Official symbols of the commonwealth are codified in Chapter 2 of the Massachusetts General Laws.[1]


  • State symbols 1
  • See also 2
  • Notes 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5

State symbols

Coat of Arms
M.G.L. Ch. 2, §1

Seal of Massachusetts
M.G.L. Ch. 2, §2

Flag of Massachusetts
M.G.L. Ch. 2, §3

Governor's Flag
M.G.L. Ch. 2, §4
Type Symbol Law
Flower Mayflower M.G.L. Ch. 2, §7
Tree American Elm M.G.L. Ch. 2, §8
Bird Chickadee M.G.L. Ch. 2, §9
Beverage Cranberry juice M.G.L. Ch. 2, §10
Horse Morgan horse M.G.L. Ch. 2, §11
Insect Lady bug M.G.L. Ch. 2, §12
Fish Cod M.G.L. Ch. 2, §13
Dog Boston terrier M.G.L. Ch. 2, §14
Gem Rhodonite M.G.L. Ch. 2, §15
Marine mammal Right whale M.G.L. Ch. 2, §16
Fossil Dinosaur track M.G.L. Ch. 2, §17
Mineral Babingtonite M.G.L. Ch. 2, §18
Song All Hail to Massachusetts by Arthur J. Marsh M.G.L. Ch. 2, §19
Folk Song Massachusetts by Arlo Guthrie M.G.L. Ch. 2, §20
Poem Blue Hills of Massachusetts M.G.L. Ch. 2, §21
Rock Roxbury puddingstone M.G.L. Ch. 2, §22
Historical Rock Plymouth Rock M.G.L. Ch. 2, §23
Explorer Rock Dighton Rock M.G.L. Ch. 2, §24
Building and Monument Stone Granite M.G.L. Ch. 2, §25
Heroine Deborah Sampson M.G.L. Ch. 2, §26
Ceremonial March The Road to Boston M.G.L. Ch. 2, §27
Muffin Corn Muffin M.G.L. Ch. 2, §28
Shell New England Neptune, Neptunea lyrata decemcostata M.G.L. Ch. 2, §29
Cat Tabby cat M.G.L. Ch. 2, §30
Patriotic Song Massachusetts (Because of You Our Land is Free) M.G.L. Ch. 2, §31
Folk Dance Square dance M.G.L. Ch. 2, §32
Soil Paxton Soil Series M.G.L. Ch. 2, §33
Vietnam Veterans' Memorial Worcester Vietnam Veterans' Memorial M.G.L. Ch. 2, §34
Designation of Residents Bay Staters M.G.L. Ch. 2, §35
Game Bird Wild turkey M.G.L. Ch. 2, §36
Southwest Asia War Veterans' Memorial Worcester Southwest Asia War Veterans' Memorial M.G.L. Ch. 2, §37
Bean Baked navy bean M.G.L. Ch. 2, §38
Berry Cranberry M.G.L. Ch. 2, §39
Folk hero Johnny Appleseed M.G.L. Ch. 2, §40
Dessert Boston cream pie M.G.L. Ch. 2, §41
Cookie Chocolate chip cookie M.G.L. Ch. 2, §42
Glee Club Song The Great State of Massachusetts M.G.L. Ch. 2, §43
Polka Say Hello to Someone from Massachusetts M.G.L. Ch. 2, §44
Peace Statue Orange Peace Statue M.G.L. Ch. 2, §45
Korean War Memorial Charlestown Navy Yard Korean War Memorial M.G.L. Ch. 2, §46
Ode Ode to Massachusetts M.G.L. Ch. 2, §47
MIA/POW Memorial Massachusetts National Cemetery MIA/POW Memorial M.G.L. Ch. 2, §48
Children's Book Make Way for Ducklings M.G.L. Ch. 2, §49
Children's Author and Children's Illustrator Theodor Geisel/Dr. Seuss M.G.L. Ch. 2, §50
Donut Boston cream donut M.G.L. Ch. 2, §51
District Tartan Bay State Tartan M.G.L. Ch. 2, §52
Colors Blue, green, and cranberry M.G.L. Ch. 2, §53
Blues Artist Taj Mahal M.G.L. Ch. 2, §54
Sport Basketball M.G.L. Ch. 2, §55
Inventor Benjamin Franklin Acts of 2006
Ch. 364
Reptile Garter snake Acts of 2006
Ch. 425
Artist Norman Rockwell Acts of 2008
Ch. 45

See also


  • ^ Chapter 162 of the Acts of 1997: An Act Designating the Song "The Great State of Massachusetts" as the State Glee Club Song
  • ^ Chapter 17 of the Acts of 2003: An Act Designating the Bay State Tartan as the Official Tartan of the Commonwealth
  • ^ Chapter 407 of the Acts of 2004: An Act Designating the Official Colors of the Commonwealth
  • ^ Chapter 19 of the Acts of 2006: An Act Designating Taj Mahal as the Official Blues Artist of the Commonwealth
  • ^ Chapter 215 of the Acts of 2006: An Act Designating Basketball as the State Sport


  1. ^ Galvin, William Francis. "Massachusetts Facts: State Symbols".  

External links

  • General Laws of Massachusetts, Chapter 2: Arms, Great Seal, and Other Emblems of the Commonwealth
  • Massachusetts State Symbols

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