Flag Day 2016: Tips for Displaying the U.S. Flag in Your New Home

Flag Day

This Flag Day, why not display the U.S. flag in your new home? But before you do so, check out these tips to make sure you don’t break code. (Photo Courtesy of Lowe’s Home Improvement)

By Drew Knight

Flag Day is June 14, so why not take the holiday to show off some patriotism in your new home?

But before you decide to raise the U.S. flag in celebration, did you know there’s actually a lengthy list of rules and regulations in regards to how you should display our nation’s stars and stripes? It’s true.

Keep on reading to learn the law, as we hope to see your flags flying high — and properly — this Flag Day.

The “Flag Code”

According to usflag.org, prior to the Flag Day of June 14, 1923, there weren’t any federal or state regulations that governed how you could display the U.S. flag. But on this date, the National Flag Code was adopted by the National Flag Conference. However, it was not until June 22, 1942, that the exact rules for use and display of the flag became law.

While the full code can be found at usflag.org (including regulations for flag respect, conduct for hoisting, lowering or passing of the flag and more), we thought we’d highlight a few regulations:

  • “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 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.”
  • “The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed.”
  • “When the U.S. flag is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the window sill, balcony or front of a building, the union of the flag [the blue area] should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff. When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.”
  • “The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.”
  • “The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor, water or merchandise.”
  • “The flag should never be fastened, displayed, used, or stored in such a manner as to permit it to be easily torn, soiled, or damaged in any way.”

Display Tips

So, if you’ve decided to display the U.S. flag on your home this year, Lowe’s Home Improvement spokesman Natalie Turner has a few technical flag flying tips to help you raise the banner:

According to Turner, there are three options for displaying a flag from your home:

  1. Hang it from a window. Just make sure the stars are on the viewer’s top left.
  1. Get a flag pole mounting bracket. Most people will mount it on either side of their garage or front-door entrance. This is an affordable and easy way to showcase your patriotism.
  1. The third option is to get a free-standing flag pole to place in your yard. Depending on the height, this can be quite the project, but this is where you can get poles up to 20 feet high to display giant flags.

“Find the best look for your home’s style,” adds Turner. “Try to pair the pole color and type with your home so the main focus is the flag and not the hardware behind it.”

Happy Flag Day and let those star-spangled banners wave!

Drew Knight is a digital content associate for NewHomeSource.com.

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