Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) About the Flag
Q: What days should the flag be displayed?
A: The flag should be displayed on all days, especially on
New Year's Day - January 1
Inauguration Day - January 20
Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday - third Monday in January
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) - May 30th & last Monday in May
Flag Day - June 14
Independence Day - July 4
Labor Day - first Monday - 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
Other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United States
Birthdays of States (date of admission)
Q: Can a flag that has been used to cover a casket be displayed after its original use?
A: There are no provisions in the Flag Code to suggest otherwise. It would be a fitting tribute to the
memory of the deceased veteran and their service to a grateful nation if their casket flag were dis-
Q: Can the United States flag be displayed on days when the weather is inclement?
A: The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all weather
(nylon or other non-absorbent material) flag is displayed. However, most all flags are made of all
weather materials. (Ref Flag Code 6(c))
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Q: What is the significance of displaying the flag at half-staff?
A: This gesture is a sign to indicate the nation mourns the death of an individual(s), such as death of the
President or former President, Vice President, Supreme Court Justice, member of Congress, Secretary
of an executive or military department, etc. O