If you are responsible for the display and care of an American flag, know about proper flag etiquette as established by the United States Flag Code.
- TIP: A flag should never touch anything beneath it, such as a floor or store merchandise.
- Step 1: Learn flag-folding etiquette. Two people hold the flag horizontally, repeatedly folding it into a triangular shape until only the blue field is visible.
- Step 2: Care for a flag. Indoor and parade flags should be dry-cleaned. A damaged flag can be repaired unless its overall dimensions are noticeably altered. Enjoy practicing flag etiquette.
- FACT: No one knows the exact origin of the American flag, but some historians believe that Congressman Francis Hopkinson created the first design and Betsy Ross sewed it.
- Step 3: Know indoor flag display etiquette. No other flag should be displayed above the U.S. flag. A flag at a podium should be displayed above and behind a speaker.
- TIP: A flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, or dipped to any person or thing.
- TIP: Flags at public buildings are customarily flown from sunrise to sunset.
- Step 4: Know about half-mast flag etiquette. The flag is hoisted to the pole peak for an instant and then lowered to half-mast -- halfway between the pole's top and bottom.
- Step 5: Be aware of ceremonial etiquette. During hoisting or lowering, those in attendance should stand at attention and face the flag with the right hand over the heart.
- Step 6: Know outdoor flag display etiquette -- the flag is hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously. Avoid hoisting and lowering in foul weather unless you're using an all-weather flag.