The American Way


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The American Flag is the premier symbol of our patriotism and proclaims our country’s commitment to freedom. With July 4th upon us, let’s brush up on the rules and customs governing the flag’s care and display.

Tips for Caring For and Displaying Old Glory 

Caring For The Flag

The flag should be raised briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

The flag should never touch the ground.

The flag when damaged or worn should be destroyed in a dignified way by burning- the American Legion and the Boy Scouts of America are two organizations that offer these services for no charge.

Displaying The Flag

Display the flag between sunrise and sunset.

The flag may be displayed 24 hours if illuminated in the darkness.

The flag should not be displayed in inclement weather.

Only fly the flag upside down as a sign of distress.

The flag should not be used as a drapery or decoration. Bunting is available for this purpose.

The flag should not be worn as clothing.


Federal law stipulates many aspects of flag etiquette. If you have additional questions or want to learn more, the laws can be found in detail in the United States Flag Code.