Flag Etiquette

The Pledge of Allegiance


When Displayed Over a Street

The Flag should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street, or to the east in a north and south street.

Wall Display, Crossed Staffs with Another Flag

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.

When Flown at Half-Staff

The Flag should be raised to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The Flag should again be raised to the peak before it is lowered at the end of the day.

When Other Flags are Flown From the Same Halyard

The Unites States Flag should always be at tjhe peak.

when Suspended Over a Sidewalk

The union of the Flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the Flag is at half-staff.

When Used to Cover a Casket

The Flag should be placed so that the union is at the head and over the shoulder. The Flag should not be lowered into the grave or be allowed to touch the ground.

When Displayed Flat Against a Wall

The Flag should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street, or to the east in a north and south street.

When Carried in Procession

The Flag should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street, or to the east in a north and south street.

When a Number of Flags are Grouped and Displayed from Staffs

The Flag of the United States should be in the center and the highest point in the group.

When Flags of Two or More Nations are Displayed

They are to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The Flags should be of approximately equal size. In times of peace, international usage dictates displaying one nation’s Flag equally to that of another.

When Displayed on a Public Stage or Platform

When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium, the Flag of the United States of America should hold the position of superior prominence, in advance of the audience, and in the position of honor at the speaker’s right as he faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the speaker or to the right of the audience.
If displayed on the floor of the church or public auditorium, on a level with the congregation or audience the Flag should be at the congregation’s or audience’s right as they face the speaker.

When Unveiling a Statue or Monument

The Flag should form a distinctive feature of the ceremony, but it should never be used as the covering for the statue or monument.

Proper Folding and Care of the Flag

After you have lowered your Flag, take the greatest care that no part of it touches the ground, not anything beneath it. To store your Flag fold it into the cocked hat design.
To attain the cocked hat design, fold your Flag width-wise twice, leaving the union exposed. Now begin the cocked hat.

Beginning with the striped end and folding into the union, fold the Flag into triangles. Take the left hand striped corner and fold it on a diagonal to your right hand. Then fold it straight up. Repeat this process until only the union is exposed, leaving the cocked hat. Take the remaining fold and tuck it inside the folds to hold your Flag tightly.

Store your Flag in its original box or carton and keep it free from dampness, dust and dirt.

Improper Use of Flags

Never use them for decorations. Red-white-blue striped bunting is designed for this use.

Flying the Flag 24 Hours

The Flag may be flown twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness. The Flag Rules offer no additional guidance on this question. We interpret this to mean that there is either a light directly upon the Flag or that there is sufficient local lighting to make the Flag easily visible at night.

Flag Retirement

When a Flag is worn beyond repair, it should be retired in a dignified manner. The most accepted manner is to cut the blue field of stars from the red and white stripes, thereby rendering it no longer a Flag. The resulting two pieces of cloth are then burned in one or two separate fires that are used for nothing else except the retirement ceremony. The pieces of cloth should be thoroughly burned so that nothing is left that is recognizable as a Flag. The ashes should be scattered or buried. In many communities, organizations like the American Legion and Boy Scouts have ceremonies to retire Flags on June 14th –
Flag Day.

Days on Which to Display Your Flag

The Flag should be displayed on all days and especially
on all National and State Holidays and on
Historic and Special Occasions.

January 1 – New Year’s Day
January 20 – Inauguration Day
Third Monday in January – Martin Luther King’s Birthday
February 12 – Lincoln’s Birthday
February 22 – Washington’s Birthday
Third Monday in February – President’s Day
Easter Sunday (variable)
April 6 – Army Day
Second Sunday in May – Mother’s Day
Third Saturday in May – Armed Forces Day
The Last Monday in May – Memorial Day (half-staff until noon)
May 30th – Traditional Memorial Day
June 14 – Flag Day
Third Sunday in June – Father’s Day
July 4 – Independence Day
First Monday in September – Labor Day
September 11 – Patriot Day
September 17 – Citizenship Day (formerly Constitution Day)
Second Monday in October – Columbus Day
October 27 – Navy Day
November 11 – Veterans’ Day
Fourth Thursday in November – Thanksgiving Day
December 25 – Christmas Day

Days Proclaimed by the President
Dates of States’ Admission to the Union.

Flag Pole Height and Flag Size Ratio

    Flag Pole Height

  • 20′
  • 25′
  • 30′
  • 35′
  • 40′
  • 48′
  • 60′
  • 72′
    Recommended Flag Size

  • 3′ x 5′
  • 4′ x 6′
  • 5′ x 8′
  • 6′ x 10′
  • 6′ x 10′
  • 8′ x 12′
  • 10′ x 15′
  • 12′ x 18′


While many Flag Poles are designed to withstand winds up to 100 mph – it is strongly recommended that Flags be lowered when winds exceed 50 mph.

The aforementioned is based on Poles being properly installed, flying only one Flag that does not exceed the recommended size for the Pole.

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