Flying a Flag

Flag Order Form

If you would like to order a U.S. flag from my office, please use this flag order form to calculate the price and shipping costs.

You have the option to print the completed form to send to my office with your check.

You  also have the option to request that flags purchased through my office be flown over the Capitol.

Caring for Your Flag

Fly Ends: Watch for the first signs of fraying. Flags can be trimmed and re-hemmed, greatly prolonging the life of the flag.

Windy Days: High winds are extremely tough on flags. If at all possible, take down the flag when winds exceed 30 miles per hour.

Rain or Snow: For best results, do not expose your flag to these elements. If exposed, after a heavy rain or snow storm, take down flag and spread out to dry. DO NOT FOLD OR ROLL UP A WET FLAG!

Air Pollution: To minimize the effects of dirt, air, smoke, car emissions, etc. keep flag clean. Having two flags and interchanging them is highly recommended to prolong the life of the flag.

Cleaning the Flag: Nylon flags can be hand-washed in a mild detergent. Cotton and polyester flags should be dry-cleaned. The majority of dry-cleaners will dry-clean an American flag at no charge.

Expected Life of a Flag: Sensible care can give you better return on that investment in terms of longer life. The U.S. government generally expects an outdoor flag to last approximately 90 days when flown from dawn until dusk in good weather.

Flag Disposal: The U.S. Flag Code states that when a flag is in such a condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem for display, it should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning. Many Veteran and Civic Organizations will properly dispose of a flag at no cost.

Flag Flying Holidays

The U.S. flag may be flown every day, especially on the following:

  • January 1st: New Year's Day
  • 3rd Monday in January: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • January 20th: Inauguration Day
  • February 12th: Lincoln's Birthday
  • 3rd Monday in February: President's Day
  • February 22nd: Washington's Birthday
  • Easter Sunday
  • April 6th: Army Day
  • 3rd Saturday in May: Armed Forces Day
  • Last Monday in May: Memorial Day
  • May 30th: Memorial Day - Traditional
  • June 14th: Flag Day
  • July 4th: Independence Day
  • 1st Monday in September: Labor Day
  • September 11th: Patriot's Day
  • September 17th: Constitution Day
  • 2nd Monday in October: Columbus Day
  • November 11th: Veteran's Day
  • 4th Thursday in November: Thanksgiving Day
  • December 7th: Pearl Harbor Day
  • December 25th: Christmas Day

OTHER RECOMMENDED FLAG FLYING DAYS

  • May 8th: V-E Day
  • 2nd Sunday in May: Mother's Day
  • 3rd Sunday in June: Father's Day
  • August 7th: Purple Heart Day
  • August 14th: V-J Day
  • August 19th: National Aviation Day
  • October 27th: Navy Day
  • 1st Tuesday after 1st Monday in November: Election Day
  • November 10th: Marine Corps Birthday