The flag should be flown on
all days and these
special holidays:

New Year's Day
January 1

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
3rd Mon in January

Inauguration Day
January 20

Lincoln's Birthday
February 12

Washington's Birthday
Third Monday in February

Easter Sunday
April 8, 2007

Mother's Day
Second Sunday in May

Peace Officer's Memorial Day
(half-staff), May 15

Armed Forces Day
Third Saturday in May

Memorial Day
the last Monday in May
(Half-staff until noon)

Flag Day
June 14

Father's Day
3rd Sunday in June

Independence Day
July 4

Korean War Veterans Day
(half-staff), July 27

Labor Day
First Monday in September

Patriot Day
(half-staff), September 11

Constitution Day
September 17

Gold Star Mother's Day
Last Sunday in September

Columbus Day
Second Monday in October

Navy Day
October 27

National Election Day
1st Tuesday in November

Marine Corps Day
November 10

Veterans Day
November 11

Thanksgiving Day
Fourth Thursday in November

Pearl Harbor Rememberance Day
(half-staff), December 7

Christmas Day
December 25

Birthdays of States
(The date of admission)

State Holidays

Federal law stipulates many aspects of flag etiquette. The section of law dealing with American Flag etiquette is generally referred to as the Flag Code. Some general guidelines from the Flag Code answer many of the most common questions:

· The flag should be lighted at all times, either by sunlight or by an appropriate light source.

· The flag should be flown in fair weather, unless the flag is designed for inclement weather use.

· The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.

· The flag should not be used for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.

· The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use. Advertising signs should not be attached to the staff or halyard.

· The flag should not be used as part of a costume or athletic uniform, except that a flag patch may be used on the uniform of military personnel, fireman, policeman and members of patriotic organizations.

· The flag should never have any mark, insignia, letter, word, number, figure, or drawing of any kind placed on it, or attached to it.

· The flag should never be used for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything.

· When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.

· The flag should be cleaned and mended when necessary.


· When a flag is so worn it is no longer fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.