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Flag Etiquette

  • 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.
  • The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered cautiously.
  • The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all weather flag is displayed.
  • The flag should be displayed on all days, especially on:
           - New Year's Day, January 1
           - Inauguration Day, January 20
           - Lincoln's Birthday,February 12
           - Washington's Birthday, third Monday in February
           - Easter Sunday (variable)
           - Mother's Day, second Sunday in May
           - Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May
           - Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), the last Monday in May
           - Flag Day, June 14
           - Independence Day, July 4
           - Labor Day, first Monday in September
           - Patriots Day September 11
           - Constitution Day, September 17
           - Columbus Day, second Monday in October
           - Navy Day, October 27
           - Veterans Day, November 11
           - Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November
           - Christmas Day, December 25
           - Such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States,
              the birthdays of States (date of admission), and on State holidays.
  • The flag should be displayed daily, on or near the main administration building of every public institution.
  • The flag should be displayed in or near every polling place on election days.
  • The flag should be displayed during school days in or near every schoolhouse.