Flying the stars and stripes for the first time? Check out our list of dos and don'ts when learning how to display the American flag on a house, boat, or car. These tips from the Federal Flag Code—which serves as a guide for civilians and civilian groups—will help you show the proper respect for Old Glory. As with any sort of etiquette, compliance is voluntary but suggested.
For added convenience, we've also compiled a handy list of important flag dates to observe. While it's encouraged to display the flag every day, be sure to fly it high on important observation days. Some are obvious—like Memorial Day and the 4th of July—while others are a bit more obscure.
It's appropriate to display the flag every day. However, it's particularly important to fly the flag on the following days:
Sources: CRS Report for Congress (Congressional Research Service, The Library of Congress), The United States Flag: Federal Law Relating to Display and Associated Questions, John R. Luckey, Legislative Attorney, American Law Division, Updated June 14, 2000.