Flag Etiquette

The fundamental rule of flag etiquette is:
Treat all flags with respect and common sense.

The Stars and stripes takes precedence over all other flags when flown within the U.S. It should not be flown lower than another flag nor should it be smaller than another flag flown with in. Other flags may, however, be flown at the same height and in the same size. Other national flags should not be smaller nor flown lower than the Stars and Stripes when displayed together. If it is possible to display two or more national flags at the same height, it is not proper to display them together at all.

The point of honor is on the extreme left from the standpoint of the observer ("the flag's right"). The order from left to right of flags flown together is: the Stars and Stripes, other national flags in alphabetical order, state flags, county and city flags, organizational flags, personal flag.

It is not illegal or improper to fly any flag (state, ethnic group, organization, etc.) alone, but it is always preferable to display the Stars and Stripes at the same time.

No flag should be flown during weather which might damage it, based on a common sense interpretation of circumstances.

Flag Disposal

When a flag is no longer of dignified appearance and cannot be repaired, it should be destroyed in a dignified manner (burned or sealed in a bag or box before being sent out for trash collection).

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Displaying a Flag

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On a Pole with Another Flag

The Stars and Stripes takes precedence over other flags when flown on the same pole. Nation flags should be flown on a separate pole at equal height and equal size.

On a Wall or Window

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The blue field should always be to the upper left.

Flying Half-Staff or Half-Mast

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The flag should first be hoisted to the peak, then immediately lowered to the half-staff position. It should be raised to the peak again for a moment before it is lowered for the day.

Displayed With Others

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The U.S. flag should be positioned to the left, from the standpoint of the observer.

 

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Flag Flying Holidays

  • New Year's Day: January 1
  • Inauguration Day: January 20th
  • Martin Luther King's Birthday: 3rd Monday in January
  • Lincoln's Birthday: February 12th
  • Washington's Birthday: 3rd Monday in February
  • Army Day: April 6th
  • Easter Sunday: 2nd Sunday in May
  • Mother's Day: 3rd Saturday in May
  • Armed Forces Day: Last Monday in May
  • Memorial Day: May 30th
  • Flag Day: June 14th
  • Independence Day: July 4th
  • Labor Day: 1st Monday in September
  • Patriot's Day: September 11th
  • Constitution Day: September 17th
  • Columbus Day: 2nd Monday in October
  • Veteran's Day: November 11th
  • Thanksgiving Day: 4th Thursday in November
  • Christmas Day: December 25th