Wishing you a safe and patriotic Independence Day!

Independence day is a Federal Holiday in the United States which commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776.  The 13 colonies that made up America were now its’ own country, and no longer a part of the British Empire.
We feel passionately about our flag and wanted to take the time to post the Official Flag Code for your information, which you will find below.  Let us all help to share this information so we can abide by these codes that have been around since the 1920’s.  To view the entire code (since we only highlighted an excerpt), please go to Official US Flag Code.

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UNITED STATES CODE

TITLE 36

CHAPTER 10

PATRIOTIC CUSTOMS

§ 173. Display and use of flag by civilians; codification of rules and customs; definition.

The following codification of existing rules and customs pertaining to the display and use of the flag of the United States of America is 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 sections 1 and 2 of title 4 and Executive Order 10834 issued pursuant thereto.

§174. Time and occasions for display

  • (a) Display on buildings and stationary flagstaffs in open; night display 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. 
  • (b) Manner of hoisting The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously. 
  • (c) Inclement weather The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all weather flag is displayed.   
  • Particular days of display 

The flag should be displayed on all days, especially on:

New Year’s Day, January 1;

Inauguration Day, January 20;

Lincoln’s Birthday, February 12; 

Washington’s Birthday, third Monday in February; 

Easter Sunday (variable); 

Mother’s Day, second Sunday in May; 

Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May; 

Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), the last Monday in May; 

Flag Day, June 14; 

Independence Day, July 4; 

Labor Day, first Monday in September; 

Constitution Day, September 17; 

Columbus Day, second Monday in October; 

Navy Day, October 27; 

Veterans Day, November 11; 

Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November; 

Christmas Day, December 25; 

and such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States; the birthdays of States (date of admission); and on State holidays.

TEXT PROVIDED BY USFLAG.ORG

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