- The fundamental rule of flag etiquette is: treat all flags with respect and common sense.
- The U.S. flag takes precedence over all other flags when flown within the United States. It should not be flown lower than another flag nor should it be smaller than another flag flown in the same display.
- Other flags may, however, be flown at the same height and in the same size. Other national flags should not be smaller or flown lower than the U.S. flag when displayed together.
- If it is not possible to display two or more national flags at the same height, it is not proper to display them together at all.
- The point of honor is on the extreme left from the standpoint of the observer (the U.S. Flag’s own right).
- The order from left to right of flags flown together is: U.S. Flag, other national flags in alphabetical order, state flags, county and city flags, organizational flags and personal flags.
- It is not illegal or improper to fly any flag (state, ethnic group, organization, etc.) alone but it is always preferable to display the U.S. Flag at the same time.
- If one flag is at half-staff in mourning, other flags flown with it should be at half-staff. First raise the flags to their peaks, than lower to half-staff. The U.S. flag is raised first and lowered last.
- It is proper to fly the U.S. Flag at night, but only if it is spotlighted.
- In a public gathering (lecture hall, church, etc.) the U.S. flag should be to the right of the speakers or on the wall behind them.
- The U.S. Flag should be in the center of a group of flags only when the center pole is taller than the others or when a fan-like arrangement makes the center pole higher than others.
- Displaying the flag with the canton on the left (canton is the blue field with the 50 stars): the canton of the flag should always be to the observers left.
- Over a street - when the U.S. Flag is displayed other than from a staff, it should be displayed flat or suspended so its folds fall free. When displayed over a street, place the union so it faces north or east, depending on the direction of the street.
- Displaying a flag on a wall: when displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is to the observer's left. In a window, the union should be to flag’s right when viewed from outside.
- Displaying the flag with the canton on the right (canton is the blue field with the 50 stars): display the canton facing right when displayed as a decal on the right side of a vehicle (bus, truck, plane, etc.) or when worn as a patch on the right arm (but use on left arm is preferable).
- A salute (hand over heart for those not in uniform) should be rendered when the flag is raised, lowered, or carried by on parade; or when the Pledge of Allegiance is played (unless the flag is not present).
- Flag Etiquette Written by Valley Forge Flags
Flag Flying Holidays
The U.S. flag may be flown every day, especially on the following:
- January 1st, New Year’s Day
- 3rd Monday in January
- Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday
- January 20th. Inauguration Day
- February 12th
- Lincoln’s Birthday
- 3rd Monday in February Presidents' Day
- February 22nd, Washington’s Birthday
- Easter Sunday
- 3rd Saturday in May, Armed Forces Day
- Last Monday in May, Memorial Day Observed
- May 30th, Memorial Day Traditional
- June 14th., Flag Day
- July 4th., Independence Day
- 1st Monday in September, Labor Day
- September 11th.
- Patriot Day, Also Sept 11, 2018
- Constitution Day, Sept. 17, related to I am an American Day
- 2nd Monday in October, Columbus Day
- November 11th, Veterans Day
- 4th Thursday in November,Thanksgiving Day
- December 7th,Pearl Harbor Day
December 25th, Christmas Day
Other recommended flag days
- May 8th V-E Day
- 2nd Sunday in May, Mother’s Day
- 3rd Sunday in June, Father’s Day
- August 7th, Purple Heart Day
- August 14th, V-J Day
- August 19th, National Aviation Day
- October 27th, Navy Day
- 1st Tuesday after 1st Monday in November
- November 10th, Marine Corps. Birthday