The United States Flag Code establishes guidelines for the proper display and care of the American flag. Although there is no penalty for failing to adhere to the guidelines set forth in the outdoor flag Code, it is important to show respect for the flag by following these rules.
When flying your outdoor flag, there are a few things to keep in mind in order to show proper flag etiquette.
The following 15 tips will help you display your flag correctly and with respect.
1. The American flag should be flown at the top of the flagpole, above all other flags. If you are flying multiple flags on one flagpole, the American flag should be at the peak, with other flags below it.
2. The American flag should never touch the ground. If it accidentally touches the ground, it should be raised back up to the top of the flagpole as soon as possible.
3. The American flag should never be flown upside down, unless there is an emergency situation. If you are unsure of how to properly display the flag upside down, consult your local Veterans of Foreign Wars organization for guidance.
4. When flying the American flag at night, it should be illuminated by a spotlight. If you do not have a spotlight, you can fly the flag 24 hours a day as long as it is properly illuminated during nighttime hours.
5. The American flag should be taken down in inclement weather conditions, such as high winds or severe storms. It should also be taken down if it becomes tattered or torn.
6. When taking down the American flag, it should be lowered respectfully. It should not be allowed to touch the ground again once it is lowered, the flag should be folded in a specific manner and stored in a safe place.
7. The American flag should be flown at half-staff on certain days to honor those who have died. When flying the flag at half-staff, you must first raise it to the top of the flagpole before lowering it halfway down.
8. There are also specific guidelines for displaying the American flag indoors. When displayed indoors, the flag should be hung on a wall, with the union (the blue section with stars) facing upwards. If hung on a pole, the flag should be behind the pole, with the union facing forward.
9. The American flag should never be used as clothing, bedding or towels. It should also never be drawn on or marked with writing of any kind.
10. If you have an American flag that is no longer usable, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, such as by burning. You can also take it to your local Veterans of Foreign Wars organization for proper disposal.
11. When the American flag is no longer fit to fly, it should be disposed of in a dignified way, such as by burning. You can also take it to your local Veterans of Foreign Wars organization for proper disposal.
12. There are a number of holidays on which the American flag should be flown. These include Memorial Day, Independence Day, Veteran’s Day and President’s Day.
13. The American flag should also be flown during patriotic events, such as Fourth of July celebrations and parades.
14. If you are flying the American flag on a vehicle, it should be affixed to the front or rear bumper. It should never be placed on the hood or top of a car.
15. When flying the American flag on a boat, it should be displayed at the stern (rear) of the vessel.
By following these simple tips, you can show proper respect for the American flag and fly it with pride.
How often should the American flag be flown?
There is no set rule, but it is generally recommended that the flag be flown on days when the weather is good and there is little risk of it being damaged or worn. If you are flying the flag on a boat, it should be displayed at the stern (rear) of the vessel.
By following the proper etiquette for flying the American flag, you can show your respect for this important symbol of our nation. Be sure to consult your local Veterans of Foreign Wars organization for more information on proper flag etiquette.