Fold the flag in half width-wise twice. Fold up a triangle, starting at
the striped end ... and repeat ... until only the end of the union is
exposed. Then fold down the square into a triangle and tuck inside the
Also on this page: Flag Laws and Regulations
1. When the flag is displayed over the middle of the street, it should
be suspended vertically with the union to the north in an east and west
street or to the east in a north and south street.
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 (that means the viewer's left), and its staff
should be in front of the staff of the other flag.
The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak
for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag
should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. By "half-staff"
is meant lowering the flag to one-half the distance between the top and
bottom of the staff. Crepe streamers may be affixed to spear heads or
flagstaffs in a parade only by order of the President of the United
When flags of States, cities, or localities, or pennants of societies are
flown on the same halyard with the flag of the United States, the latter
should always be at the peak. 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 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.
When the flag of the United States is 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 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.
When the flag is displayed in a manner other than by being flown from a
staff, it should be displayed flat, whether indoors or out. When displayed
either horizontally or vertically against a wall, the union should be
uppermost and to the flag's own right, that is, to the observer's left.
When displayed in a window it should be displayed in the same way, that is
with the union or blue field to the left of the observer in the street.
When festoons, rosettes or drapings are desired, bunting of blue, white
and red should be used, but never the flag.
That the flag, when carried in a procession with another flag, or flags,
should be either on the marching right; that is, the flag's own right, or,
if there is a line of other flags, in front of the center of that line.
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.
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.
When the flag is on a platform, as if facing the audience, it should be on
its right (the audience's left).
When the flag is off a platform, as part of the audience, it should be on
its right (the audience's right).
By Executive Order, the flag flies 24 hours a day at the following
The following codification of existing rules and customs pertaining to
the display and use of the flag of the United States of America be, and it
is hereby, established for the use of such civilians or civilian groups or
organizations as may not be required to conform with regulations
promulgated by one or more executive departments of the Government of the
United States. The flag of the United States for the purpose of this
chapter shall be defined according to title 4, United States Code, Chapter
1, Section 1 and Section 2 and Executive Order 10834 issued pursuant
Sec. 3. That the flag, when carried in a procession with
another flag or flags, should be either on the marching right; that is,
the flag's own right, or, if there is a line of other flags, in front of
the center of that line.
Sec. 4. That no disrespect should be shown to the flag of
the United States of America -- the flag should not be dipped to any
person or thing. Regimental colors, State flags, and organization or
institutional flags are to be dipped as a mark of honor.
Sec. 5. During the ceremony of hoisting or lowering the
flag or when the flag is passing in a parade or in review, all persons
present except those in uniform should face the flag and stand at
attention with the right hand over the heart. Those present in uniform
should render the military salute. When not in uniform, men should remove
their headdress with their right hand and hold it at the left shoulder,
the hand being over the heart. Aliens should stand at attention. The
salute to the flag in a moving column should be rendered at the moment the
Sec. 6. During rendition of the national anthem when the
flag is displayed, all present except those in uniform should stand at
attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. Men not in
uniform should remove their headdress with their right hand and hold it at
the left shoulder, the hand being over the heart. Persons in uniform
should render the military salute at the first note of the anthem and
retain this position until the last note. When the flag is not displayed,
those present should face toward the music and act in the same manner they
would if the flag were displayed there.
Sec. 7. The Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag, "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," should be rendered by standing at
attention facing the flag with the right hand over the heart. When not in
uniform men should remove their 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.
Sec. 8. Any rule or custom pertaining to the display of
the flag of the United States of America, set forth herein, may be
altered, modified, or repealed, or additional rules with respect thereto
may be prescribed, by the Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces of the
United States, whenever he deems it to be appropriate or desirable; and
any such alteration or additional rule shall be set forth in a
No person shall display the flag of the United Nations or any other
national or international flag equal, above, or in a position of superior
prominence or honor to, or in place of, the flag of the United States at
any place within the United States or any Territory or possession thereof;
Provided, That nothing in this section shall make unlawful the continuance
of the practice heretofore followed of displaying the flag of the United
Nations in a position of superior prominence or honor, and other national
flags in positions of equal prominence or honor, with that of the flag of
the United States at the headquarters of the United Nations.
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