How To Fly the United States Flag
- The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
- The flag is never allowed to touch the ground or the floor.
- When hung over a sidewalk on a rope extending from a building to a pole, the union stars are always away from the building.
- When vertically hung over the center of the street, the flag always has the union stars to the north in an east/west street, and to the east in a north/south street.
- The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of states or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.
- The flag should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds but always allowed to fall free.
- The flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day and then raised to the top of the staff.
- Never fly the flag upside down except as a signal of distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
- The flag is never flown in inclement weather except when using an all weather flag.
- The flag can be flown every day from sunrise to sunset and at night if illuminated properly.
- If soiled, the flag may be washed or dry cleaned.
- When torn or frayed but not faded, the flag may be mended.
- A worn or faded flag should be retired with respect. Fold the flag and place it on a fire. The ashes should then be buried.
- Some Veterans of Foreign Wars Posts and other community groups collect worn flags and conduct retirement ceremonies. Check in your community for who conducts the ceremony
FLAG DISPLAY DAYS
New Year's Day - January 1
Martin Luther King Day - Third Monday in January
Inauguration Day - January 20
Lincoln's Birthday - February 12
Washington's Birthday (President's Day) - Third Monday in February
Easter Sunday (variable)
Mother's Day - Second Sunday in May
Peace Officers Memorial Day (half-staff) - May 15
Armed Forces Day - Third Saturday in May
Memorial Day (half-staff until noon) - Last Monday in May
Flag Day - June 14
Father's Day - Third Sunday in June
Independence Day - July 4
Korean War Veterans Day (half-staff) - July 27
Labor Day -- First Monday in September
Patriot Day - (half-staff) September 11
POW/MIA Recognition Day - 3rd Friday in September
Constitution Day (Citizenship Day) - September 17
Columbus Day - Second Monday in October
Navy Day - October 27
Veterans Day - November 11
Thanksgiving Day - Fourth Thursday in November
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (half-staff) - December 7
Christmas Day - December 25
and such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States; the birthdays of states (date of admission; and on state holidays. The information outlined above is part of the Federal Flag Code or enacted by Federal legislation. For more information regarding flag history, Federal Flag Code, or how to properly display the U.S. flag:
From the Veterans of Foreign Wars Headquarters