How to properly fly the American flag
If you are planning to show your patriotism this 4th of July by flying the Stars and Stripes, here are a few things to remember about proper handling from www.usflag.org:
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The flag customarily is displayed from sunrise to sunset but it can be displayed 24 hours a day if it is lighted at night. It should not be displayed during inclement weather.
The flag should be hoisted briskly.
When displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the window sill, balcony or front of a building, the union of the flag should be placed at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half staff. When the flag is suspended over a sidewalk from a rope extending from a house to a pole at the edge of the sidewalk, the flag should be hoisted out, union first, from the building.
The flag should never be displayed with the union down, except as a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property.
The flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as the ground, the floor or water.
The flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free.
The flag should never be used as wearing apparel, bedding, or drapery. It should never be festooned, drawn back, nor up, in folds, but always allowed to fall free.
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.
For more information on flag etiquette, visit www.usflag.org.