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 What are the flag holidays?

  • New Year's Day: January 1
  • Inauguration Day: January 20th
  • Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday: 3rd Monday in January
  • Lincoln's Birthday: February 12th
  • Washington's Birthday: February 22
  • Presidents Day: 3rd Monday in February
  • Army Day: April 6th
  • Mother's Day: 2nd Sunday in May
  • Memorial Day: Last Monday in May
  • 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

 How do I dispose of my flag?

When a flag is no longer of dignified appearance and cannot be repaired, it should be destroyed privately in a dignified manner. Traditionally, flags were burned when they were beyond repair. With today’s synthetic materials, burning is no longer practical.  Here are some other suggestions for disposing of your flag:

  1. Respectfully seal the flag in a bag or box before being sent out for trash collection.
  2. Donate to a local service or veteran organization for ceremonial disposal.

Call around to local chapters of Boy Scouts, VFW, or American Legion.

 When to Display a Flag? And does my flag have to be lit at night?

The flag should be displayed on all days when weather permits. It is customary to display the flag from sunrise to sunset on buildings or on stationary flagstaffs in the open. If the flag is displayed at night, it should be lighted. Display of the flag is especially important on legal holidays or other special occasions. See list of dates.

 Where should the flag be displayed?

The flag should be displayed...

  • On or near the main administration building of every public institution
  • In or near polling places on election days
  • In or near schools when they are in session

A citizen may fly the flag on any day he wishes.

 Rule on displaying my flag?

  • When carried in procession with another flag or flags, the Stars and Stripes should be at the right-front of the column, or when there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line. The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and floating free.
  • When a number of flags are grouped and displayed from staffs, the flag of the United States should be in the center or at the highest point of the group.
  • When displayed with another flag from crossed staffs, the flag of the United States should be on the right (the flag’s own right), and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.
  • If the flag is displayed from a staff projected from a window sill, balcony or front of a building, the union of the flag should go to the peak of the staff (unless the flag is to be displayed at half-staff).
  • When the flag is displayed in any manner other than being flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or out. If displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right; that is to the observer’s left. When displayed in a window it should be suspended in the same way-that is, with the union to the left of the observer in the street.
  • Displayed over the middle of the street, the Stars and Stripes should be suspended vertical with the union to the north on an east-west street and to the east on a north-south street.
  • When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from house to pole at the edge of the sidewalk,the flag should be hoisted out from the building toward the pole union first.
  • When used on a speaker’s platform the flag may be displayedflat, above and behind the speaker. If flown from a staff it should be on the speaker’s right; all other flags on the platform should be on his left.
  • When it is displayed on the pulpit or chancel in a church, the flag should be flown from a staff placed on the clergyman’s right as he faces the congregation. All other flags on the pulpit or chancel should be on his left. However, when the flag is displayed on the floor of a church or auditorium, on a level with the audience, it is placed to the right of the audience.
  • When flags of states or cities, or pennants of societies, are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the latter should always be at the peak.
  • When flown from adjacent staffs, the Stars and Stripes should be raised first and lowered last.
  • When used to cover a casket, the flag should be placed so that the union is at the head and over the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the grave or allowed to touch the ground. The casket should be carried foot-first from the hearse to the grave.

 What are the DO NOT’s in flag flying?

ALWAYS be respectful of the flag. The flag should NEVER...

  1. Be tilted (dipped) even momentarily to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, organization or institutional flags may be tilted as the mark of honor.
  2. Be displayed with the union down except as a signal of distress.
  3. Be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and floating free.
  4. Be displayed on a float, motor car or boat except from a staff.
  5. Be allowed to touch the ground or floor, or brush against objects.
  6. Have objects placed on, over it, or be used as a covering for a ceiling.
  7. Have any mark, insignia, letter, work, figure, picture or drawing of any nature placed upon or attached to it.
  8. Be used as a receptacle for carrying anything, or be used to cover a statue or monument. If used in connection with unveiling ceremonies, it should not serve as a covering of the object being unveiled.
  9. Be used for advertising purposes or have advertising signs fastened to its staff or halyard.
  10. Be embroidered on such articles as handkerchiefs or cushions, or be printed or otherwise impressed on boxes.
  11. Be used as a costume or athletic uniform or part of one.
  12. Be used as drapery of any sort whatsoever, never festooned, drawn back or up in folds, but always allowed to fall free. Bunting of blue, white and red-always arranged with the blue above, white in the middle, and red below-should be used for such purposes of decoration as covering a speaker’s desk or draping the front
    of a platform.

 Are your USA flags sewn or printed?

Capitol Flag Factory NW takes pride in the unsurpassed craftsmanship of our flags. Our flags are made with embroidered stars and sewn stripes with interlocking stitches, reinforced 6-stitch fly for added durability. More on durability and craftsmanship (Appliquéd stars on 10” x 15” and larger.)

 What is the difference between the nylon flag and polyester flag?

Both fabrics are commercial grade. Polyester costs more than Nylon but that doesn’t mean polyester is the better flag. Here’s why:

U.S. Nylon Flag: Our outdoor quality nylon U.S. flag is durable yet light weight to fly in the slightest breeze. Dries quickly and is fade resistant.

Our Capitol Flag nylon U.S. flag is specifically designed for active outdoor use. Unsurpassed in beauty and craftsmanship, our flags are made using 100% heavyweight, 200-denier nylon bunting specially treated to resist sun and chemical deterioration. America's #1 choice, these flags are extremely durable and fast drying.

  • Tough, durable, long-lasting fabric exhibits strength under UV exposure.
  • Dries quickly and flies beautifully, even in the slightest breeze.
  • Unsurpassed craftsmanship is proven with embroidered stars, sewn stripes, interlocking stitches and multiple rows of stitching on fly end for added durability. All outdoor flags are finished with a strong, durable snow-white header and brass grommets.
  • Extremely durable heavyweight bunting material of 100% nylon. All side seams are double-stitched and finished with heavy-duty, no-shrink white header material for the strongest headers in the industry.

Our nylon fabric is highly resistant to UV fading, allowing the use of deeper, brighter colors that will last over time. In addition, our fabrics offer better washfastness and lightfastness than other nylons of similar fabric construction. They will retain their good looks long after the competition has called it a day.

  • Light-Fastness protects against UV Rays.
  • Wet-Fastness prevents migration and bleeding of the dyes.

U.S. Polyester Flag: Our heavy duty outdoor polyester U.S. flag stands up in high winds and are the best choice for more extreme weather environments.

Our Capitol Flag heavy duty Polyester U.S. flag has superior performance in SUN, WIND, and RAIN. Because it resists wind, dirt and moisture, our flag is ideal for industrial and institutional applications. Designed specifically for the needs of the most discriminating customer, this flag will prove to be the most durable, longest lasting flag available.

  • Unsurpassed craftsmanship is proven with embroidered stars, sewn stripes, interlocking stitches and multiple rows of stitching on fly end for added durability. All outdoor flags are finished with a strong, durable snow-white header and brass grommets.
  • Most durable of all flag fabrics, our flags are skillfully crafted of 2-ply 100% polyester bunting.
  • Open weave construction reduces wind resistance, therefore lessening abrasion and increasing flag life. Extra-tough fabric with traditional look that has no competition:
  • Light-Fastness protects against UV Rays.
  • Wet-Fastness prevents migration and bleeding of the dyes.
  • Strength increases the life of the flag by 2 times making it the most superior flag fabric in the marketplace.

 How long will my flag last?

There is no definite answer to this question. How long any flag will last depends on the weather, its location, airborne contamination and how often you fly your flag. Wind, water, sun and carelessness are the major enemies of a flag.

The industry standard for flying a flag outdoors 24 hours a day, 7 days a week is 90 days. This can vary greatly given the conditions of the environment in which the flag is flown.
Capitol Flag Factory NW will help determine the right size and material flag for your area.

 How to lengthen the life of my flag?

  • Occasionally wash your flag in warm detergent water to prevent pollutants and dirt from weakening the fabric.
  • Always let your flag dry thoroughly before storing it to prevent mildew or color transfer.
  • At the first sign of fraying, have your flag repaired before further damage is done.
  • Always keep your flagpole as clean as possible and move your pole if your flag does not have adequate room to fly unobstructed.
  • Raise and lower your flag each day
  • During more inclement weather such as rain or snow, do not put it on the flagpole for display.

 Why does the Oregon flag cost more than the USA flag?

Oregon is the only U.S. state to have a two sided flag with images on both sides. Both sides are navy blue with one side displaying the state seal and the other side a beaver (the state animal). Above the shield, “State of Oregon” is written. The flag was adopted in 1925. The 33 stars surrounding the shield were placed because Oregon was the 33rd state admitted to the Union; the year 1859 is when Oregon became a state.

Choose from outdoor nylon and polyester Oregon flags and indoor fringed Oregon.

Capitol Flag Factory NW provides the best quality Oregon State flags available, all made in the U.S.A.


Capitol Flag Factory NW carries a large selection of flagpoles including commercial, architectural, and residential grade poles.