When To Fly The Flag

When To Fly The Flag

Of course, you are encouraged to fly the flag on all days that do not have inclement weather.

The United States Code, Title 4, Chapter 1, Section 6 (also referred to as "The Flag Code") specifies days when it is particularly appropriate to display the US Flag. Those days shown in bold in the table below are days that the flag should be flown at half-staff.

  • January 1 New Year's Day
  • Third Monday in January Martin Luther King Day
  • January 20 Inauguration Day
  • February 12 Lincoln's Birthday
  • Third Monday in February President's Day
  • Easter Sunday
  • Second Sunday in May Mother's Day
  • May 15 Peace Officers Memorial Day (half-staff)
  • Third Saturday in May Armed Forces Day
  • Last Monday in May Memorial Day (half-staff until noon)
  • June 14 Flag Day and Army Day
  • Third Sunday in June Father's Day
  • July 4 Independence Day
  • First Monday in September Labor Day
  • September 11 Patriot Day (half-staff)
  • September 17 Constitution Day and Air Force Day
  • Last Sunday in September Gold Star Mothers' Day
  • Second Monday in October Columbus Day
  • October 27 Navy Day
  • First Tuesday in November National Election Day
  • November 10 Marine Corps Day
  • November 11 Veteran's Day
  • Fourth Thursday in November Thanksgiving Day
  • December 7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (half-staff)
  • December 25 Christmas Day

On December 18, 2001 President Bush signed Public Law No. 107-89 designating Patriot Day as September 11 to honor the individuals who lost their lives as a result of the terrorist attacks. People of the United States are also asked to observe a moment of silence on that day in remembrance of the victims. In accordance with a Presidential Proclamation dated December 6, 2002 and Public Law 103-308 as amended by Congress.

How to dispose of the US Flag

When a flag is old, worn, tattered, or frayed and no longer is in a condition befitting a symbol of our country, it should be destroyed privately in a dignified manner, preferably by burning. Many veteran and civic organizations will properly dispose of the US flag at no cost to you. Please feel free to also drop it off at our office located at 1222 SE 47th St.  Ste 409.  Cape Coral, FL 33904.

Flag Sizing Chart

How to Choose the Right Size Flag for your Flagpole

When flying 1 flag on a single flagpole the length of the flag should be at least one quarter the height of the pole. For example, a 40-foot pole requires at minimum a 6'x10' flag with max being 8'x12'. The chart below is a good guide for determining the proper size flag for your pole.

Flying 2 flags on a Single flagpole?

When flying 2 flags on a single flagpole you want to make sure not to "over flag" or "have too much flag". Too much flag on a single pole can cause undue stress on the flagpole in bad weather and it will not look good.

Examples of proper sizing:

  • 20' Flagpole-Minimum Top flag 3'x5', Bottom (2nd flag) 2'x3'
  • 20' Flagpole Maximum Top flag 4'x6', Bottom (2nd flag) 3'x5'
  • 40' Flagpole-Minimum Top flag 6'x10', Bottom (2nd flag) 5'x8'
  • 40' Flagpole Maximum Top flag 8'x12', Bottom (2nd flag) 6'x10'