July 4th and other patriotic holidays inspire Americans to show their patriotism! Are you flying the American flag in your yard or at your house? Here’s how to do it right!
The Flag Code
“Previous to Flag Day, June 14, 1923 there were no federal or state regulations governing display of the United States Flag.” The Flag Code is a federal law that acts as the guide for all handling and display of the Stars and Stripes.
Here are a few highlights from The Flag Code:
- You can display the flag 24 hours a day. At night, properly illuminate the flag.
- The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all weather flag is displayed.
- When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union (blue section with stars) should be uppermost and to the flag’s own right, that is, 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.
- The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.
- Worn flags or damaged flags should be replaced.
Looking for more information? Check out The Flag Code.