When to Fly the United States Flag
Customs and Protocol
It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open.
The flag should be displayed daily on or near the main administration building of every public institution.
The flag should be displayed in or near every polling place on election days.
The flag should be displayed during school days in or near every schoolhouse.
The Flag should be especially flown on the following days:
- January 1 - New Year's Day
- January 20 - Inauguration Day
- Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday - third Monday in January
- February 12 - Lincoln's Birthday
- Washington's Birthday - third Monday in February
- Easter Sunday
- Mother's Day - second Sunday in May
- Armed Forces Day - third Saturday in May
- Memorial Day (half-staff until noon)
- June 14 - Flag Day
- Father's Day - third Sunday in June
- July 4 - Independence Day
- July 27 - National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
- Labor Day - first Monday in September
- September 17 - Constitution Day
- Columbus Day - second Monday in October
- October 27 - Navy Day
- November 11 - Veterans Day
- Thanksgiving Day - fourth Thursday in November
- December 25 - Christmas Day
- Your State's birthday
- State holidays
- Any day proclaimed by the President