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Important Flag Dates

February 26, 2016 Lee Rae Hamilton

Important Days to fly your flag

Days To Remember

When to Display Your Flag: The American flag should be displayed on all days and especially the holidays listed below. Wondering when to fly the flag at half staff? The dates with comments indicate when you should fly your flag at half-staff.

New Year's DayJanuary 1

Inauguration Day,  January 20

Martin Luther King Jr. Day,  3rd Monday in January

Lincoln's Birthday, February 12

Washington's Birthday, 3rd Monday in February

Easter Sunday, Varies

Mother's Day,  2nd Sunday in May    

Peace Officer's Memorial Day (half-staff),  May 15

Armed Forces Day,  3rd Saturday in May

Memorial Day (Half-staff until noon), Last Monday in May

Flag Day,  June 14

Father's Day,  3rd Sunday in June

Independence Day,   July 4

Korean War Veterans Day (half-staff),   July 27

Labor Day, 1st Monday in September

Patriot Day (half-staff),  September 11

Constitution Day,   September 17

Gold Star Mother's Day, September 28

Columbus Day,   2nd Monday in October

Navy Day, October 27

National Election Day, 1st Tuesday after the 1st Monday in November

Marine Corps Day,  November 10

Veterans Day, November 11

Thanksgiving Day, 4th Thursday in November

Pearl Harbor Day (half-staff),  December 7

Christmas Day, December 25

State Birthdays and Holidays

On Memorial Day the flag should be displayed at half-staff until noon only, and then raised to the top of the staff.

Extracted from the July 7, 1976 amendment to the Flag Code (Public Law 94-344, 94th Congress)


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