United States Flag Code | What To Know

The United States Flag Code is a federal law that outlines the guidelines for the proper display, handling, and disposal of the American flag.

The code was first established in 1923 and has been revised several times since then.

Here are some key provisions of the United States Flag Code:

  • The flag should be treated with respect and dignity at all times, and should never be used for advertising purposes or as part of a costume or uniform.
  • The flag should always be displayed with the union (the blue part with the stars) at the top and to the observer’s left.
  • When the flag is displayed with other flags, it should be placed in a position of honor, either in the center or to the observer’s right.
  • The flag should not be flown in inclement weather unless it is made of an all-weather material.
  • The flag should never touch the ground or anything beneath it, and should be disposed of in a dignified manner when it is no longer in good condition.
  • The Pledge of Allegiance and the National Anthem should be performed while facing the flag, with the right hand over the heart.

The United States Flag Code is not enforceable by law and there are no penalties for violations.

However, it is considered a patriotic duty to follow the guidelines outlined in the code as a sign of respect for the American flag and what it represents.