U.S Flag Code.2

§6. Time and occasions for display

  1. It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.

  2. The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.

  3. The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed.

  4. The flag should be displayed on all days, especially on

  • New Year's Day, January 1
  • Inauguration Day, January 20
  • Martin Luther King's birthday, 3rd Monday in January
  • Lincoln's Birthday, February 12
  • Washington's Birthday, 3rd Monday in February
  • Easter Sunday (variable)
  • Mother's Day, 2nd Sunday in May
  • Armed Forces Day, 3rd Saturday in May
  • Memorial Day (half staff until noon), the last Monday in May
  • Flag Day, June 14
  • Independence Day, July 4
  • Labor Day, 1st Monday in September
  • Constitution Day, September 17
  • Columbus Day, 2nd Monday in October
  • Navy Day, October 27
  • Veterans Day, November 11
  • Thanksgiving Day, 4th Thursday in November
  • Christmas Day, December 25
  • and such days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States
  • The birthday of States (date of admission)
  • and on State holidays




  5. The flag should be displayed daily on or near the main administration building of every public institution.

  6. The flag should be displayed in or near every polling place on election days.

  7. The flag should be displayed during school days in or near every schoolhouse.