The Fourth of July isn’t for a few weeks, but today marks another occasion for patriotic spirit. National Flag Day commemorates the day in 1777 when the Second Continental Congress adopted the United States flag.
There are dozens of flag etiquette rules and regulations outlined in the U.S. Flag Code, but here are some easy tips you can teach your children for displaying Old Glory outdoors.
● The flag should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously as the military salutes and others place their right hands over their hearts.
● When displayed either horizontally or vertically, the union (the blue section that holds the 50 stars) should be in the uppermost left corner.
● The flag should be displayed only when the weather is fair.
● Normally, the flag should be displayed only between sunrise and sunset, but it can be up overnight as long as it is prominent and well lit. “You don’t want it in a position of disrespect. If you can’t see it clearly, or it’s in the dark, that is considered disrespectful,” says Linda Bishop, administrator at the National Flag Day Foundation.