Flying the Flag

U.S. Flag AlertFlying the United States Flag

The United States Code identifies several days when a particular effort should be made to display the U.S. Flag. The following guidelines are also included in the U.S. Flag Code:

  • The U.S. Flag should be displayed only from sunrise to sunset.
  • The U.S. Flag may be displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated at night.
  • Raise the U.S. Flag briskly and lower it ceremoniously.

U.S. Code Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 7. Position and manner of display: The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. This section applies where the US flag is lowered and raised on a daily basis, or on occasion. Since most U.S. flags on city facilities are flown 24/7/365 (and are lighted!) the section does not apply; they are lowered to half-staff from the normal full-staff position, then raised back to full staff at the appropriate time.

Position & Manner of Display

When the Flag is suspended across a corridor or lobby in a building with:

  • Only one main entrance - The Flag should be suspended vertically with the union (blue area) of the flag observer's left upon entering.
  • More than one main entrance, when entrances are east and west - The Flag should be suspended vertically near the center of the corridor or lobby with the union to the north.
  • More than one main entrance, when entrances are north and south - The Flag should be suspended vertically near the center of the corridor or lobby with the union to the east.
  • More than one entrance, when entrances are in more than two directions - The Flag should be suspended vertically near the center of the corridor or lobby with the union to the east.
  • When the Flag is displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the Flag's own right (observer's left).
  • When the Flag is displayed with another flag against a wall from crossed staffs, the U. S. Flag should be on the Flag's own right (observer's left) with the staff supporting the U.S. Flag in front of the staff of the other flag.
  • No flag of any state, city or locality shall be placed above the U. S. Flag.

View the official code about flying the flag for more information.

Disposal

When U. S. Flags when they are no longer fit for display: According to U. S. Code, the recommended method of disposal is by burning in a "dignified manner". On Flag Day, many American Legion Posts and some Boy Scout Clubs conduct dignified flag burnings to destroy old flags. If you have old flags you wish to dispose of, we recommend contacting one of these organizations for further information.