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Do you fly an American flag on your property?

Be sure you know the United States Code regarding the display of this country’s most important icon.
There are many rules and regulations regarding the hanging of the flag, Some strange, some outright
comical, but all well thought out. We will discuss the important ones here. The full list of regulations can be
found in “United States Code - Title 4, Chapter 1

Basic Description of the American Flag:

The flag of the United States needs to be thirteen horizontal stripes, alternating red and white; and the
union of the flag needs to be forty-eight stars However, Sec. 2
provides for additional stars if new states are added. Today
the flag shows fifty stars representing fifty states.
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Display Times and Holidays:
1.) It is customary to hang the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings or solid flagstaffs (flag pole). You are allowed to hang your flag twenty-four hours a day if the flag is properly illuminated during dark hours. (You need to have place a light for the specific purpose of making sure the flag is always
seen.)
2.) Flag should not be displayed during inclement weather unless an all-weather (purchased for outdoor use) flag is used.
3.) If flying multiple flags, the United States flag needs to be placed above or higher than the others.
4.) The flag should never be flown upside down, as this is a distress signal of extreme danger to life or property.
5.) While hanging, the flag shall never touch anything beneath it, including the ground, floor, water, merchandise, furniture, bushes… nothing.
6.) The flag should never be worn as apparel, bedding, or drapery. The flag always needs to flow freely. However, a flag patch may be affixed to clothing or sewn on to other items.
7.) The flag cannot be used for any type of advertising. It cannot be placed or impressed on napkins, boxes, handkerchiefs, cushions, embroidery, or anything designed for temporary use and then discarded.
8.) The flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning. (This is the only time it is acceptable to burn the flag.)
Flags Bottom9.) The flag should be shown every day, but specifically on the following occasions:
-New Year’s Day, January 1
-Inauguration Day, January 20
-Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, third Monday in January
-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
-Father’s Day, third Sunday in June
-Independence Day, July 4
-Labor Day, first Monday in September
-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
-Other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States
-The birthdays of States (date of admission)
-Other State holidays.

Consider The Following:
1.) There have been noted instances in various states where a homeowners association has banned the
flying of a flag as it was deemed an eyesore and noisy.
2.) When folded properly, the US flag is shaped like a triangle with only the stars showing. If you have
exacting standards, it usually takes 13 folds: the same number of original colonies.
3.) The ONLY time you burn an American flag is when it can’t be fixed or if it dirty beyond cleaning.
The flag is burned in a dignified matter, as in a ceremony.