How well do you know the proper way to display the U.S. flag? Whether you’re getting your American flag ready to fly in honor of the 4th of July, Memorial Day or just to be patriotic, you should display it properly and with respect. In the late 19th Century rules, guidelines and laws started to be passed to protect the honor of the U.S. flag. It wasn’t until 1942 when President Franklin Delano Roosevelt first instituted the Federal Flag Code, establishing guidelines for the U.S. flag. Since then, the Flag Code has been periodically updated. The etiquette for the U.S. flag is important for ceremonial purposes as well as a reminder of what our flag symbolizes.

Click this link to read the full Federal Flag Code. According to the Flag Code, “This code is the guide for all handling and display of the Stars and Stripes. It does not impose penalties for misuse of the United States Flag. That is left to the states and to the federal government for the District of Columbia. Each state has its own flag law.” Have more questions about flag etiquette? Check out this U.S. History page.

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