The flag of Madison, Wisconsin was adopted by the municipal government on April 12, 1962. It consists of a light blue background bisected from lower left to upper right by a white band. These symbolize Lake Mendota & Lake Monona & the isthmus between them. In the center of the flag is a black cross which symbolizes the four lakes (Mendota, Monona, Wingra & Waubesa) as well as the state capitol. Overlaid on the cross is an Indian Sun symbol. (This symbol is similar to the sun symbols seen on the state flag of New Mexico & on the municipal flags of Wichita, Kansas & Albuquerque, New Mexico.)
The flag was designed by Rick & Dennis Stone, members of the Madison Scouts Drum & Bugle Corps, with the help of John Price, their color guard instructor.