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Fourth of July Tips: Flag Etiquette


Hello Sellstate family,

This weekend will be the 238th anniversary of our great nation. We hope that you are all looking forward to a fun-filled weekend of family, parades, fireworks and more!

As the fourth of July, Independence day, approaches the topic of flag etiquette is something to keep in mind if you or a friend are planning to hoist the star spangled banner from your home or organization.

To this day, the American flag is a symbol of freedom and instills a sense of freedom, pride and unity within our diverse country. While we encourage everyone to show their excitement for the day, there are a few things to keep in mind when flying the American flag.

Here a few helpful tips to remember:


– The flag of the United States of America should be displayed only from sunrise to sunset unless the flag is illuminated.
– When the US flag is suspended across a street, it should hang vertically with the stars to the north or east.
– When placed on a Podium the flag should be placed on the speaker’s right or the staging area. Other flags should be placed to the left.
– When grouped with other national flags, all the flags should be of equal size and flown on separate staffs of the same height. International law forbids a nation’s flag to be flown above any other nation’s flag during peacetime.
– 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. Check out the link below on how to properly dispose your worn and torn flag:
– When flown with flags of states, communities, or societies on separate flag poles which are of the same height and in a straight line, the flag of the United States is always placed in the position of honor – to its own right.
— The other flags may be smaller but none may be larger.
— No other flag ever should be placed above it.
— The flag of the United States is always the first flag raised and last to be lowered.


– The flag should never be dipped to any person or thing. It is flown upside down only as a distress signal.
– The flag should not be used as a drapery, or for covering a speaker’s desk, draping a platform, or for any decoration in general. Bunting of blue, white and red stripes is available for these purposes. The blue stripe of the bunting should be on the top.
– The flag should never be used for any advertising purpose. It should not be embroidered, printed or otherwise impressed on such articles as cushions, handkerchiefs, napkins, boxes, or anything intended to be discarded after temporary use.
– When the flag is lowered, no part of it should touch the ground or any other object; it should be received by waiting hands and arms. To store the flag it should be folded neatly and ceremoniously.
– These tips derive from the federal flag code which serve as a guide to civilians and community groups. Compliance is voluntary – but is suggested out of respect.

michael darmanin | author Michael Darmanin
Chief Operating Officer

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