Fold the flag in half width-wise twice. To form the perfect
triangle, begin folding at the striped end and work through
until the only the field of stars is exposed. Then, take the
remaining fabric and fold down and tuck inside the triangle.
How to Display the Flag
Over a Street - suspend vertically with the
union to the north in an east and west street or to the east
in a north and south street.
Over the Sidewalk - suspend from a rope extending
from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, hoist out
union first, from the building.
On a Wall Mount Pole - display from a staff
projecting horizontally or at an angle from the windowsill,
balcony, or front of a building, with the union of the flag
at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff.
When not on a Staff - display flat, whether
indoors or out. When displayed against a wall, the union should
be uppermost and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's
When displayed in a window it should be displayed in
the same way, which is with the union or blue field to the
left of the observer in the street.
When on a Stage - The flag of the United
States of America, when it is displayed with another flag against
a wall from crossed staffs, should be on the right, the flag's
own right and the viewer's left, and its staff should be in
front of the staff of the other flag.
When displayed from a staff in a church or public auditorium
on or off a podium, the flag of the United States of America
should hold the position of superior prominence, in advance
of the audience, and in the position of honor at the clergyman's
or speaker's right as he faces the audience. Any other flag
so displayed should be placed on the left of the clergyman
or speaker (to the right of the audience).
When in a Group - Always fly the U.S. Flag
at the peak when on the same halyard as other state or municipal
flags. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the flag
of the United States should be hoisted first and lowered last.
No such flag or pennant may be placed above the flag of the
United States or to the right of the flag of the United States.
When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they are
to be flown from separate staffs of the same height. The flags
should be of approximately equal size. International usage
forbids the display of the flag of one nation above that of
another nation in time of peace. The order of precedence for
flags generally is National flags (US first, then others in
alphabetical order in English), State (host state first, then
others in the order of admission) and territories (Washington
DC, Puerto Rico, etc.), Military (in order of establishment:
Army, Marine Corps, Navy, Air Force, Coast Guard), then other.
Flying with State flags - The flag of the United States
of America should be at the center and at the highest point
of the group when a number of flags of States or localities
or pennants of societies are grouped and displayed from staffs.
Flying at Half-Staff - First hoist the flag
to the top of the pole for an instant, then lower to half-staff.
It is considered proper to raise to the top again before it
is lowered for the day. Also see our half staff page...
From a Car - When the flag is displayed on a car, the
staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the
a Casket -When the flag is used to cover a casket,
it should be so placed that the union is at the head and over
the left shoulder. The flag should not be lowered into the
grave or allowed to touch the ground.
Destroying an Old Flag - Section 4 of the
Flag Code states, "The flag, when it is in such condition that
it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, should be destroyed
in a dignified way, preferably by burning." We recommend that
you contact your local VFW Chapter and ask them for help properly
disposing of your flag.