Flying the American Flag

Remember to show your love for America, and your respect for our veterans, by displaying our nation’s most sacred symbol on Memorial Day, Veterans Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and all patriotic holidays.

How to fly the American Flag - Ten Guidelines

The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

The flag is never allowed to touch the ground or the floor.

When hung over a sidewalk on a rope extending from a building to a pole, the union stars are always away from the building.

When vertically hung over the center of the street, the flag always has the union stars to the north in an east/west street, and to the east in a north/south street.

The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of states or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from the staffs.

The flag should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up in folds but always allowed to fall free.

The flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon on Memorial Day, then raised to the top of the staff.

Never fly the flag upside down except as a signal of distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.

The flag is never flown in inclement weather except when using an all-weather flag.

The flag can be flown every day from sunrise to sunset and at night if illuminated properly.