Correct Ways to Display the American Flag


The United States Flag Code dictates many of the correct ways to display the American flag. It also carries information on incorrect ways to display and handle the flag. The code states that the flag, as the representative symbol of a living country, should be treated as a living thing and cared for as such. The United States Flag Codes determines certain rules for displaying the American flag indoors, outdoors, at ceremonies, on parade and at government buildings.

  1. Inside

    • Indoors, the flag should be flown with the union (the blue field) to the flag's right and the observer's left. The same rule applies as a flag faces outdoors inside of a window.

    At Night

    • The flag must be properly illuminated if flown at night. Otherwise, it is only to be displayed from sunrise to sunset.

    Outside

    • When hung over a street, the flag should be flown with the union pointing toward the north or the east, depending on the direction of the street.

    With Other Flags

    • With other flags, the American flag is to be flown in the center and at the highest point. If the flags represent other nations, they may be flown at the same height as the American flag.

    Misconceptions

    • The American flag should never be displayed as clothing, bedding, or drapery. It should also not cover a ceiling, or be flown on the same staff as advertising banners or flags.

    Warning

    • The code stipulates that the flag is never allowed to touch the ground. It is to be raised briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

    Fun Fact

    • The flag should never be flown upside-down or backwards, except in the case of emergency. In normal times, an upside-down flag would symbol disrespect, but in emergency it can act as a distress signal.


With other flags, the American flag is to be flown in the center and at the highest point. If the flags represent other nations, they may be flown at the same height as the American flag.
Misconceptions

The American flag should never be displayed as clothing, bedding, or drapery. It should also not cover a ceiling, or be flown on the same staff as advertising banners or flags.
Warning

The code stipulates that the flag is never allowed to touch the ground. It is to be raised briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
Fun Fact

The flag should never be flown upside-down or backwards, except in the case of emergency. In normal times, an upside-down flag would symbol disrespect, but in emergency it can act as a distress signal.
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