Etiquette for Displaying the American Flag

Review these rules before hoisting it up this weekend.

Independence Day weekend is almost upon us, and we're sure there will be no shortage of barbecued meats, fiery entertainment, and patriotic sentiments. So it goes with the 4th of July. But before you slip into your star-spangled swimsuit and let the fun begin, remember that hanging the American flag on your house takes a little finesse.

If you're not sure what the American flag etiquette is or you simply need a little refresher on the rules, we've got you covered. Review these before you decorate with the flag. Because nobody wants to look like an American idiot.


How to Display the American Flag

  1. When hoisting it, raise it briskly, but lower it slowly and ceremoniously.
  2. If you are displaying another flag cross-staff with the American flag, make sure the American flag is on its own right (the viewer's left) and its staff is in front of the other flag's.
  3. When hung either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be to the flag's own uppermost right side (the viewer's left). Also, make sure the flag is flat.
  4. If the flag is being displayed at an angle from the front of a building or a window, the union must be at the peak of the staff.
  5. On vehicles, the flag must be fixed at the front right fender.
  6. If the flag is being displayed after dark, it must be lit.
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