How To Properly Display The American Flag

How To Properly Display The American Flag

Jennifer Hunter
Jul 3, 2014
(Image credit: Liana Hayles Newton)

Lots of patriotic people will be showing off their American flags this weekend so make sure to do it right! Here are the basics so you can brush up before the flag's big day.

  • Fly your flag from sunrise to sunset only, unless you light it, in which case you can display it 24/7.
  • Don't fly the flag in bad weather.
  • No part of the flag should ever touch the floor or the ground.
  • Make sure your flag's union (the blue square with stars) is at the peak of the staff when the flag is displayed at an angle from a windowsill or building (displaying the flag union down signals distress).
  • If the flag is hung vertically, the union should be away from the building.
  • When it is displayed with another flag on the same pole, it should occupy the highest position and when displayed on adjacent poles, it should be flown on the right.
  • It should also be on the right in a parade or procession.
  • In a group, the American flag should be hoisted first and lowered last.
  • The flag may be cleaned and mended, but when it is so tattered that it's no longer fit, it should be destroyed by burning.

Got it? Treat the flag with all the respect you have for this country! Happy birthday, America!

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