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Flag Flying Days

Every day is a flag flying day for government and military offices.  As a private private individual, you are encouraged to fly the flag every day, but there are a few special flag flying days where an extra effort to fly the flag is encouraged.

Here are the special flag flying days:

  • New Year’s Day, January 1
  • Inauguration Day, January 20
  • Martin Luther King Jr.’s Birthday, third Monday in January
  • Lincoln’s Birthday, February 12
  • Washington’s Birthday, third Monday in February
  • Easter Sunday
  • Mother’s Day, second Sunday in May
  • Peace Officers Memorial Day (half-staff), May 15
  • Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May
  • Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), the last Monday in May
  • Flag Day, June 14
  • Father’s Day, third Sunday in June
  • Independence Day, July 4
  • National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day, July 27
  • Labor Day, first Monday in September
  • Patriot Day (half-staff), September 11
  • Constitution Day, September 17
  • Gold Star Mothers Day, last Sunday in September
  • Firefighters Memorial Day (half-staff), Sunday before or on October 9th
  • Columbus Day, second Monday in October
  • Navy Day, October 27
  • Election Day, first Tuesday in November
  • Veterans Day, November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November
  • Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (half-staff), December 7
  • Christmas Day, December 25
  • State Birthdays
  • Other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States
Flag flying days flagpole on a house.

Flag flying days flagpole on a house.

More flag flying days info:

Outdoor flag flying days and hours are from sunrise to sundown.  Your flag shouldn’t be left up at night unless it’s lit according to the Flag Code.  Make sure that your flag is an all weather flag as some types of materials don’t stand up to the weather well.  Honor the flag by bringing it indoors, even on special flag flying days, when the weather is bad as it is considered disrespectful to subject the flag to damage.

Fly your flag on a flagpole if at all possible.  Your flagpole can be either free standing or mounted on a building.  It’s not proper to display the flag draped over anything, with the exception of a casket at a funeral. It should always be aloft and free, never touching anything beneath it.  It goes without saying that the flag should be the object of attention and shouldn’t be part of any advertising or display, and there shouldn’t be anything attached or pinned to it.

If it’s necessary to mount a flag flat, like on a wall, make sure that the union is uppermost and to the flag’s own right (to the observer’s left).  If you show a flag in a window, the union should be on the left as viewed from the outside. An easy memory tool is having the union “on the flag’s own right side”.

Pledge of Allegiance

The Pledge of Allegiance was written in September of 1892 by Francis Bellamy for “The Youth’s Companion” magazine in Boston. Copies were printed on leaflets and sent to schools throughout the United States.  It’s first widespread use was on Oct. 12, 1892, when as many as 12 million school children recited it to celebrate the 400-year anniversary of Columbus’ discovery of America.

The Youth’s Companion was an American children’s magazine published in Boston.  The idea of a Columbus Day celebration was a commercial promotion, designed to sell magazines and flags.  It was highly successful with both.  Magazine sales soared and it was reported to promote the sale of 25,000 school flags in the year following.

Children reciting The Pledge of Allegiance

Children reciting The Pledge of Allegiance

There’s a strange side note too, the magazine was published by the Perry Mason Company in Boston.  Detective story author Earl Stanley Gardner was very fond of  The Youth’s Companion as a child, and … you guessed it … he named his detective hero Perry Mason.

According to the Flag Code, the Pledge “should be rendered by standing at attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in uniform men should remove any non-religious headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform should remain silent, face the flag, and render the military salute.”

Bellamy wrote The Pledge of Allegiance to be brief and to the point, 15 seconds max. There have been several notable changes to The Pledge of Allegiance over the years.  The original pledge was to “my flag”, later in 1923 it was changed to “the Flag of the United States” and still again in 1924 to “the Flag of the United States of America”.  The most controversial change was in 1954 when the words “under god” were added.  Here’s The Pledge of Allegiance as it stands today:

“I 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.” Save Over 50% on high quality flags this Christmas