How to Fly a Flag: What You Need to Know

Did you know that there are laws and regulations for how a flag can be carried and stored? If you want to learn how to fly a flag the right way, without breaking any laws, you are in the right place.

Keep reading to learn everything you need to know about proudly flying your own flag.

Fly It on a Flagpole

One of your options is to fly your flag on a flagpole. There are several options when it comes to choosing a flagpole including with a halyard or not. You can shop online from a reputable company such as for the material of your choice along with the size and height you need.

Keep in mind that only one American flag should be flown on a flagpole and if you are planning on flying your flag at nighttime, it should be properly illuminated.

More Than One Flag

If you are planning on flying more than one flag on the same halyard, then the US flag should be at the peak. Then you can add the flags of states, cities, or localities below it.

You can also opt to fly your flags on adjacent staffs as long as your American flag is jousted first and lowered last. You can’t place any other flag or pennant above the United States flag or to the right of the flag.

If you want to fly more than one flag on several different flagpoles, then the United States flag should be hoisted first and lowered last.

Flying Half Staff

There are certain holidays that the American flag should be flown at half-staff. These include:

  • Memorial Day
  • Patriot Day
  • Peace Officers Memorial Day
  • Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
  • Pearl Harbor Day

Also, if there is a sudden death of a principal figure of the government or a Governor of the State, then the President will order for flags to be flown at half-staff.

Speaker’s Platform

If the flag is going to be flown on a platform during a speech or several speeches, the flag should have a position of superior prominence. It should be in the position of honor at the clergyman’s of speakers right while they are facing the audience.

If the flag is going to be displayed flat, then it should be placed above and behind the speaker. If there are any other flags that will be on display at the same time, they should be placed on the left side of the speaker.

Now You Know How to Fly a Flag

As you can see there is more to how to fly a flag than you might have realized. Now that you know the ins and outs of flying a flag, you can fly your flag right away without worrying that you are not flying it the right way.

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