Flag Codes for the Fourth

Summer months conjure images in the mind of hot days, lemonade, and American flags hanging from flag poles and houses alike. With the Fourth of July coming, make sure your American flag meets the United States Flag Codes.

The flag may be displayed;

  1. On buildings and stationary flagstaffs from dawn till dusk but it may be displayed at night if properly illuminated.
  2. The flags should not be displayed on days when the weather is poor unless the flag is an all-weather flag.
  3. On or near administrative buildings of public institutions, polling places, and schools.
  4. The flag should not be displayed with the union down except as a signal of extreme distress or danger.
  5. The flag shall never be laid flat or horizontal but always aloft or free.
  6. The flag shall never be used as apparel, bedding, or drapery.
  7. The flag should never touch anything beneath it, like the ground, the floor, water, or merchandise.

To read the US Flag Code in its entirety, click here.

The U.S. Flag code doesn’t impose penalties for violation of the code but instead leaves it up to individual states and the federal government to come up with their own laws.  To read the North Carolina State flag codes, click here.

Have a happy and healthy summer!

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