Flying Your American Flag

There’s nothing more heart swelling than seeing the American Flag fly high in the sky. As Old Glory waves back and forth during a cool summer breeze, it’s important to know when, where, and how to fly your American Flag. More specifically, it’s important to know how to treat the flag with dignity and respect according to the U.S. Flag Code. The U.S. Flag Code is the collection of rules for displaying and handling the American Flag. While you’re preparing your summer festivities, you should know the following.

The Flag Should Not Touch the Ground

The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise. (U.S. Code, Title 36, §176(b))

This is pretty self-explanatory: make sure the flag doesn’t touch the ground whenever you raise it up or bring it down. Treat it as the valuable property it is and be cognizant of where it is placed.

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The Flag is a Flag, Not an Accessory

The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free. (U.S. Code, Title 36, §176(d))

The American Flag is meant to be raised high, not as clothing or as coverage. While you may be tempted to cover yourself in it as a sign of respect, it should be treated first and foremost as a flag for display purposes, no matter how much American pride you have.

Keep the Flag Above the Rest

No other flag or pennant should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the right of the flag of the United States of America. (U.S. Code, Title 36, §175(c))

If you have other flags flying besides the American Flag (such as state flags or other miscellaneous displays), the U.S. Flag must be higher above the others. When grouping flags together on different poles, it should be located on the center pole and at a higher point than the rest.

Keep it Out of Bad Weather

The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all weather flag is displayed. (U.S. Code, Title 36, §174(c))

Seeing the flag wave on a clear, sunny day would be perfect, but the weather is always unpredictable. If you’re celebration is interrupted by rain and stormy weather, it’s time to bring in the flag and let it rise another day.

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The Flag Should Not Be Displayed At Night (Unless It is Lighted)

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. (U.S. Code, Title 36, §174(a))

Celebrations like Veteran's Day can last the entire day if you want, especially at nighttime when you’re ready to shoot off fireworks. Despite this, the American Flag is meant to be displayed during the daytime only, which makes sense because the purpose is for it to be a visual display of respect. If you want to keep your flag outside during the night, you’re going to need a flagpole light, such as this remarkable Deluxe Solar Flagpole Light from Deneve. Attaching this to your pole will keep the lights and focus on Old Glory from dusk ‘till dawn.

There are many chances to celebrate the founding of our nation, and there is no better way than by displaying the American Flag for all to see. Knowing how to handle your flag during preparation is key to showing true respect for those who fought for that right. So grill some hotdogs, grab your friends, and fly the flag the right way in order to make your celebration even more Star Spangled awesome!

Flying the flag means respecting the flag code, even at night. If you’re ready to show your love for Old Glory during the day, evening, and night, you need the Deneve Solar Daisy Flagpole Light. Our flagpole light keeps shining your flag once the sun goes down, perfectly in line with the U.S. Flag Code. Don’t be a part-time patriot, order your Deneve Solar Daisy Flagpole Light today!