Basic guidelines for U.S. Flag Etiquette

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Independence Day is a prime time for Americans to show their patriotic spirit by displaying the U.S. flag on their porches and in front of their homes. Before you start hanging up the red, white, and blue, it is a good idea to brush up on some flag etiquette and codes.

Here are few basic guidelines to keep in mind based on the U.S. Flag Code:

  • Always make sure the flag never touches the ground or anything below it.
  • Do not display the American flag in inclement weather, unless it’s an all-weather flag.
  • If you want to fly the flag after sunset, keep it well lit.
  • When you hang the flag vertically on a flat surface, make sure the Union (blue section) is on the observer’s left.

Wondering what you should you do when your flag becomes worn and no longer suited for public display? The U.S. flag code requires it to be disposed of respectfully, preferably by burning. Many local VFW posts and American Legions hold ceremonies to retire flags if you do not feel comfortable doing it yourself.

Learn more about flag etiquette here.