Displaying the Flag
1. 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.
2. The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
3. The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all weather flag is displayed.
4. The flag should be displayed on all special days, especially on:
New Year's Day, January 1 Inaugural 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 Constitution Day, September 17
Columbus Day, second Monday in October Navy Day, October 27
Veterans Day, November 11 Christmas Day, December 25
Birthdays of States (date of admission) and on State holidays. Such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States
5. The flag should be displayed daily on or near the main administration building of every public institution.
6. The flag should be displayed in or near every polling place on election days. (
7. The flag should be displayed during school days in or near every schoolhouse.
8. When the Flag is displayed from a staff projecting from a window sill, balcony or building front the union of the Flag should always be at the peak of the staff unless the Flag is at half-staff. When suspended over a sidewalk from a rope between a building and a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the Flag should be hoisted out from the building, union first.
9. When displayed over the middle of the street, the Flag of the U.S.A. should be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west street, or to the east in a north and south street.
10. When carried in a parade front with other flags the U. S. Flag should always be to the marching right of the other flags, or to the front and center of the flag line.
Federal Flag Code
In April 1818, Congress passed an act providing that the Flag should have thirteen horizontal stripes, alternating red and white, and that the union should display twenty stars, representing the number of states in the Union. It also provided that on the admission of every new state to the Union a star should be added on the following July 4th and this has been the regulation ever since, accounting for the number of stars now shown.
Public Law 344, passed by the 94th Congress, is known as the Federal Flag Code. It is the guide for all handling and display of the United States Flag.
It was established for the use of such civilians, civilian groups, or organizations as may not be required to conform with regulations declared by one or more executive departments of the Government of the United States.
The Code does not impose penalties for the misuse of the flag. That is left up to the states and to the Federal Government for the District of Columbia. Each state has its own flag code.