Flag Flying Etiquette – U.S. Flag Flying Tips

As we get closer to celebrating Independence Day, it’s nice to take a minute to brush up on some US flag flying etiquette. Did you know according to the Flag Code, (www.ushistory.org), the U.S. flag represents a living country and is itself considered a living thing? Since there isn’t anything law enforcement can do when the Flag Code is violated, most people pay no attention to or are simply unaware of flag etiquette. When flying the United States flag, please observe the following:

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  • When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from a window sill, balcony, or front of a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff.
  • When hanging the American flag from a window or draped from the edge of a building, always hang the flag vertically with the field of stars to the left of anyone viewing it.
  • When displaying a flag on the car, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender.
  • Always hang the American flag above any other flag on the same pole.
  • Only display an American flag that is in respectable condition. A torn or tattered flag should not be displayed.
  • All weather flags: most flags are all-weather flags (always refer to the packaging). These are permitted to fly during inclement weather, according to the flag code.
  • The flag may be displayed for 24 hours if properly illuminated after sunset.
  • As a sign of respect to our country and our flag it is proper to place ones hand over heart during a parade or during a flag raising or lowering ceremony. Servicemen and women should give the military salute.

The Fourth of July, Memorial Day and Labor Day are meant for proud flag-flying. We hope these tips have been beneficial to you. For more facts and trivia about the Fourth of July, check out this post.