On July 4th many people will display the American flag to show their patriotism.  But did you know there are regulations on when, where, and how you display America’s banner.

The National Flag Code is the guide for all handling and display of the Stars and Stripes. 

The flag can be displayed on buildings and stationary flagstaffs in open.  It the flag is displayed twenty-four hours a day it must be properly lit during the hours of darkness.

The flag should not be displayed on days with bad weather, unless it is an all-weather flag.

The flag should be displayed every days, especially: New Year's Day, Inauguration Day, Lincoln's Birthday, Washington's Birthday, Easter Sunday, Mother's Day, Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), Flag Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Constitution Day, Columbus Day, Navy Day, Veterans Day, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, days proclaimed by the President of the United States; the birthdays of States (date of admission); and on State holidays.

The flag, when carried in a procession with another flag or flags, should be either on the flag's right, or, if in a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.

The flag should not be displayed on a float in a parade except from a staff.

The flag should not be draped over the hood, top, sides, or back of a vehicle or of a railroad train or a boat.

The flag of the United States of America should be at the center and at the highest point of the group when a number of flags of States or localities or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.

When displayed either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be uppermost and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left. When displayed in a window, the flag should be displayed in the same way, with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street.

No disrespect should be shown to the flag of the United States of America; the flag should not be dipped to any person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.

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