How to Fly the American Flag

Independence Day is right around the corner. Individuals and businesses all over the nation will fly their flags in celebration of the life, liberty and happiness we enjoy as Americans.

Here are some dos and don’ts for displaying your patriotism with pride!

Video courtesy of USA Today

When to fly the flag
The flag of the United States should be displayed from sunrise to sunset. Feeling extra patriotic? If you want to fly the flag 24/7, it needs to be properly lit.

Displayed against a wall
When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall or window, the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is, to the observer’s left. Can’t quite picture it? We have you covered!

Flying at half-staff
Only a state governor or president can order flags to be flown at half-staff, according to the flag code. Hoist the flag to the peak for an instant and then lower to the half-staff position.  The flag should be raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.

Displaying with another flag
When against a wall from crossed staffs, the flag of the United States should be on the right (the flag’s own right or the viewers left), and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag.

“Please remove your hats …”
You hear it at every baseball game, but that’s not the only time you salute a flag! Remember to stand and face the flag, remove any headgear, and place your right hand over your heart when saluting the flag.

Storing the flag
The flag is not something you treat like fitted sheets – wadding it up and shoving it in a closet. Respect the flag and fold it. There is no official rule on how to fold it, but the American Legion folds it into a triangle with the blue and stars showing.