Flag Display Days
And Caring For the Flag

Flag display days are listed below.

This information is from a brochure published by the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) entitled When and How to Fly the United States Flag.





Flag Display Days


New Year’s Day January 1st
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 3rd Monday in January
Lincoln’s Birthday February 12th
Washington’s Birthday (President’s Day) 3rd Monday in February
Easter Sunday variable
Mother's Day 2nd Sunday in May
Peace Officers Memorial Day (half staff)* May 15th
Armed Forces Day 3rd Saturday in May
Memorial Day (half-staff until noon) last Monday in May
Flag Day June 14th
Father's Day 3rd Sunday in June
Independence Day July 4th
National Korean War Veterens Armistice Day July 27th
Labor Day 1st Monday in September
Patriot Day (half-staff) September 11th
POW-MIA Recognition Day 3rd Friday in September
Constitution Day (Citzenship Day) September 17th
Columbus Day 2nd Monday in October
Navy Day October 27th
Veterans Day November 11th
Thanksgiving Day 4th Thursday in November
National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (half-staff) December 7th
Christmas Day December 25th

and such other days as maybe proclaimed by the President of the United States; the birthdays of states (date of admission); and on state holidays.

Information outlined above is part of the Federal Flag Code or enacted by Federal legislation. Fly your POW/MIA flag with your United States flag on Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, National POW/MIA Recognition Day and Veterans Day.

* The flag shall be flown at half-staff on Peace Officers Memoriasl Day, unless that day is also Armed Forces Day.




Caring For the Flag


  • If soiled, the flag may be washed or dry cleaned.

  • When torn or frayed but not faded, the flag may be mended.

  • A worn or faded flag should be retired with respect. Fold the flag and place it on a fire. The ashes should then be buried.

  • Some VFW Posts and American Legion Posts and other community groups collect worn flags and conduct retirement ceremonies. Check in your community for who conducts the ceremony. (Source: US Flag Code, 1976 (updated 2001)



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