The Flag Code, which formalizes and unifies the traditional ways in which we give respect to the flag, also contains specific instructions on how the flag is not to be used. They are:


  •  The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.


  •  The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speakers desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.


  • The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard


  • The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.


  • The flag should never have placed on it, or attached to it, any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind.


  • The flag should never be used as a receptacle for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.


  • When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.


  • The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.


  • When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.

Holidays to display your Flag

The flag should be displayed, from sunrise to sunset, on all days when the weather permits, especially on:


  • New Year's Day
  • Inauguration Day
  • Martin Luther King's Birthday
  • Lincoln's Birthday
  • Washington's Birthday
  • Easter Sunday
  • Patriots Day, April 19
  • National Day of Prayer, the 1st Thursday of May
  • Mother's Day
  • Armed Forces Day
  • Memorial Day (half-staff until noon)
  • Flag Day
  • Independence Day, July 4th
  • Labor Day
  • Constitution Day
  • Columbus Day, October 12th
  • Navy Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Thanksgiving Day
  • Christmas Day
  • Election Days
  • And such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States.
  • State and Local Holidays
  • ​Your State Birthday (date of admission to the Union)

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Flag Etiquette

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