This Wednesday, June 14, is Flag Day. We’ve just had one important patriotic holiday, Memorial Day, and we have a really big one coming up – July 4th. Flag Day is often an understated holiday.
Very few businesses are closed on Flag Day – the federal government is still open. Still, Flag Day is a nice holiday and a good excuse to fly the flag (if you don’t do so normally). The rules for flag care and display aren’t terribly complex. If you need a refresher on the basics, here are a few to get you started.
- The flag should be in good condition – no tattered or torn flags. If you’re unsure of how to properly retire a flag, you can contact a local Boy Scout troop, and they can take care of it for you.
- The flag is generally flown from sunrise to sunset, though, on special occasions, it can be flown at night if illuminated.
- Don’t fly the flag in inclement weather.
- The flag should be to the viewer’s left (if you’re flying another flag, too).
- For that matter, no other flag should be placed above the flag of the United States or, if on the same level, to its right.
There are, of course, other protocols, but these will serve most of us well on Flag Day. Aside from that, celebrating Flag Day is easy – just fly the flag!