United States Flag Etiquette
Customs and Protocol
The U.S. Flag Code defines the legal etiquette for the care, use and display of the American Flag. Below are highlights of the proper etiquette and respect to be given to our flag. I have also included some non-acceptable methods in dealing with our flag. If you don't see what you are looking for I have the entire U.S. Flag code listed on this site and you can search by category by clicking here.
- When a flag is worn so that it no longer is fit to serve as a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed by burning; in a dignified manner.
- The flag should be flown in fair weather, unless the flag is an all-weather flag.
- The flag should be lighted at all times, either by sunlight or by an appropriate light source.
- If dirty or torn the flag should be cleaned or mended as necessary.
- The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing.
- No part of the flag should ever be used as a costume or athletic uniform. However, a flag patch may be affixed to the uniform of military personnel, firemen, policemen, and members of patriotic organizations.
- The flag should never be used for receiving, holding, carrying, or delivering anything