Flag Care and Etiquette

Flag and Eagle

1. Display your flag from sunrise to sunset. You can also fly it at night if you illuminate it.

2. There are lots of  days to fly your flag , but as a citizen, you may fly your flag any day you want.

3. raise your flag quickly and lower it in a more ceremonious fashion..

4. The United States Flag shoud be flown or displayed to the  right or above any other flags on display.

5. Don't ever let your flag touch the ground.

How to Fold Your United States  Flag into a Triangle for display in a case or for storage.

By folding your flag in the following manner, the tri-cornered hats worn by the colonial soldiers during the War of Independence are symbolically recalled.

Folding the flag

 First fold the flag at length in half then repeat so that the stars (the union)  are visible.

Then staarting at the strips fold the flag in triangles repeating thirteen times until all that remains can be tucked in to the folds




Flag Poles

For 3X5 flags, consider flag poles of 15-20 feet.

For 5X8 & 5X9.5, flags, consider flag poles of 20-25 feet.

Flag Care

Here's how to keep your flags looking their best.

1. Protect your flag from exposure to storms, snow or abnormally high winds, as these adverse conditions can shorten its life. If your flag should become wet, let it dry completely by spreading it out. Never roll or fold your flag when it is wet or damp as this can also damage the fabric.

2. Clean your flag regularly to keep the fabric looking new. Your flag can be hand-washed with warm water and mild soap, then thoroughly rinsed and spread out to air dry. Do not let the flag stand in the wash water for extended periods of time or some color transfer may occur from the red stripes to the white stripes.

3. Determining where to hang your flag is also important. Do not fly the flag where it will come in contact with tree limbs, buildings or cables. When the flag is flying, hitting such an object could cause a tear in the material. Even a small tear could result in the flag becoming tattered. Inspecting your flag for any small tears or signs of wear can prevent a small problem from becoming a big problem. If you notice a tear or wear at the end of the flag, trim and re-hem the end, and your flag will be ready to fly again.

Additionally, you may choose to treat your flags with a fabric protection product like 303 Fabric Guard®, which waterproofs fabric and protects it from UV rays, mildew and soiling.

How & When to Dispose of an American Flag

When a flag becomes tattered, soiled or faded, it should be disposed of in a dignified manner, preferably by burning. You can use the suggested method of disposal outlined below, or tailor the ceremony to suit individual tastes. You can also contact your local Veterans of Foreign Wars or American Legion Post, as these organizations frequently offer flag retirement ceremonies.


1.  The Flag should be folded in its customary manner.


2.  It is important that the fire be sizeable and of sufficient intensity to ensure complete burning of the Flag.


3.  Place the Flag on the fire.


4.  The individual (s) can come to attention, salute the Flag, recite the Pledge of Allegiance and have a brief period of silent reflection.


5.  After the flag is completely consumed, the fire should then be safely extinguished and the ashes buried.


6.  Please make sure you are conforming to local/state fire codes or ordinances.

Flying Flags at Half-Staff


The Flag is flown at half-staff on Memorial Day till noon, then raised to full-staff.


The Flag is also flown at half-staff by special order of the president or State governors.


At the end of the day, the flag should again be raised to the peak before being lowered.

How to Display Your Flag

It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness. ·

When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union (or blue field) should be to the observer's left. When displayed in a window, the flag should be displayed in the same way, with the union to the left of the observer in the street. ·

Hanging the Flag

No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America, except during church services conducted by naval chaplains at sea...for personnel of the Navy...when the church pennant may be flown above the flag.

When flags of States, cities, or localities, or pennants, of societies are flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the latter should always be at the peak. ·

When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last. No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the United States or to the United States flag's right.

The flag of the United States of America, when it is displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, should be on the right, the flag's own right, and its staff should be in front of the staff of the other flag. ·

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 staffs. (Only exception to * Note below)

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. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of another nation in time of peace.

Churches, Auditoriums: When used on a speaker's platform, the flag, if displayed flat, should be displayed above and behind the speaker. 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 clergy man's or speaker's right as he faces the audience. Any other flag so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergyman or speaker or the right of the audience.