The flag should be displayed, from sunrise to sunset, on all days when
the weather permits, especially on:
- New Year's Day, January 1.
- Inauguration Day.
- Martin Luther King's Birthday, Third Monday in January.
- Lincoln's Birthday.
- Washington's Birthday, February 22.
- Easter Sunday.
- Mother's Day, Second Sunday in May.
- Armed Forces Day, Third Saturday in May.
- Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), Last Monday in May.
- Flag Day, June 14th.
- Independence Day, July 4th.
- Labor Day, First Monday in September.
- Constitution Day, September 17th.
- Columbus Day, October 12th.
- Navy Day.
- Veterans Day, November 11th.
- Thanksgiving Day, Fourth Thursday in November.
- Christmas Day, December 25th.
- Election Days (various).
- Federally observed dates of the above holidays which may be different
from the actual dates.
- Such days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States.
- State and Local Holidays.
Have you ever noticed on TV or at military funerals that the honor guard
pays meticulous attention to correctly folding the American flag 13
times? Each fold of the U.S. flag has an important meaning. We have
verified its accuracy at the U.S. Air Force Academy Web site.
1. The first fold of our flag is a symbol of life.
2. The second fold is a symbol of our belief in eternal life.
3. The third fold is made in honor and remembrance of the veterans
departing our ranks who gave a portion of their lives for the defense of
our country to attain peace throughout the world.
4. The fourth fold represents our weaker nature, for as American
citizens trusting in God, it is to Him we turn in times of peace as well
as in time of war for His divine guidance.
5. The fifth fold is a tribute to our country, for in the words of
Stephen Decatur, "Our Country, in dealing with other countries, may she
always be right; but it is still our country, right or wrong."
6. The sixth fold is for where our hearts lie. It is with our heart that
we pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America, and to
the Republic for which it stands, one Nation under God, indivisible,
with Liberty and Justice for all.
7. The seventh fold is a tribute to our Armed Forces, for it is through
the Armed Forces that we protect our country and our flag against all
her enemies, whether they are found within or without the boundaries of
8. The eighth fold is a tribute to the one who entered into the valley
of the shadow of death, that we might see the light of day, and to honor
mother, for whom it flies on Mother's Day.
9. The ninth fold is a tribute to womanhood; for it has been through
their faith, their love, loyalty and devotion that the character of the
men and women who have made this country great has been molded.
10. The tenth fold is a tribute to the father, for he, too, has given
his sons and daughters for the defense of our country since they were
11. The eleventh fold, in the eyes of a Hebrew citizen represents the
lower portion of the seal of King David and King Solomon, and glorifies
in their eyes, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
12. The twelfth fold, in the eyes of a Christian citizen, represents an
emblem of eternity and glorifies, in their eyes, God the Father, the
Son, and Holy Spirit.
13. When the flag is completely folded, the stars are uppermost
reminding us of our nation's motto, "In God We Trust". After the flag is
completely folded and tucked in, it takes on the appearance of a cocked
hat, ever reminding us of the soldiers who served under General George
Washington, and the sailors and marines who served under Captain John
Paul Jones. Those who were followed by their comrades and shipmates in
the Armed Forces of the United States, preserving for us the rights,
privileges, and freedoms we enjoy today.
appropriate order for parades, seals, displays and flags:
Army Birthday --14 June 1775
Marine Corps Birthday – 10 November 1775 *
Navy Birthday – 13 Oct 1775
- Abolished after the American Revolution, and Reinstated by act of Congress
on 27 March 1794*
Air Force Birthday – 18 September 1947
**Coast Guard Birthday – 4 August 1790
to the Institute of Heraldry, and in keeping with the order in which
troops are listed in Department of Defense Directive 1005.8, during
peacetime the Coast Guard falls under the Department of Homeland
During wartime, if the Coast Guard comes under the control of
the Department of Defense, then the Coast Guard flag would come before
the Air Force flag in order of precedence. Americanflags.org/docs/etiquette