The U.S. flag can be flown every day, from sunrise to sunset, but is required to be flown on the customary days listed in the calendar below to show patriotism, weather permitting. There are also certain days that the POW/MIA flag is customarily flown. You can always fly your U.S. flag all day and night, but it must be properly illuminated per the U.S. Flag Code. All dates that are burgundy in color represent the Customary Flag Flying Days.
As of November 7, 2019, the National POW/MIA Flag Act was signed into law and requires the POW/MIA flag to be displayed on all days that the flag of the United States is displayed on certain federal buildings. The National POW/MIA Flag Act only applies to certain federal buildings including the: White House, U.S. Capitol, Pentagon and Department of Veterans Affairs headquarters along with every U.S. Post Office across the country. The flag will also be required to fly at all major U.S. military installations, every national cemetery and well-known war-related sites such as the World War II Memorial and the Vietnam Veterans Memorial.
OTHER SPECIAL FLAG FLYING DAYS
Some dates are considered Special Flag Flying Days. You are not required to fly your U.S. flag on these days, but many people do. All dates that are blue in color represent the Special Flag Flying Days.
Use our flag flying icons below to help you know when to fly your U.S. flag half-staff. There are also icons to show you the days that the POW/MIA flag should be flown at full-staff and the days it needs to be flown at half-staff.
Fly U.S. flag half-staff
Fly POW/MIA flag full-staff
Fly POW/MIA flag half-staff
Fly U.S. flag and POW/MIA flag half-staff
BURGUNDY COLOR: CUSTOMARY FLAG FLYING DAYS
BLUE COLOR: SPECIAL FLAG FLYING DAYS
NEW YEAR'S DAY
MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY
3rd Monday in January
January 20 (every 4 years)
WASHINGTON'S BIRTHDAY (PRESIDENTS DAY)
3rd Monday in February
NATIONAL VIETNAM WAR VETERANS DAY
NATIONAL FORMER PRISONER OF WAR RECOGNITION DAY
INTERNATIONAL FIREFIGHTERS' DAY
VICTORY IN EUROPE (V-E) DAY
2nd Sunday in May
PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY
ARMED FORCES DAY
3rd Saturday in May
Last Monday in May
U.S. flag half-staff until noon
POW/MIA flag half-staff sunrise to sunset
3rd Sunday in June
NATIONAL KOREAN WAR VETERANS ARMISTICE DAY
COAST GUARD DAY
PURPLE HEART DAY
VICTORY OVER JAPAN (V-J) DAY
NATIONAL AVIATION DAY
1st Monday in September
CONSTITUTION DAY & CITIZENSHIP DAY
AIR FORCE BIRTHDAY
NATIONAL POW/MIA RECOGNITION DAY
3rd Friday of September
GOLD STAR MOTHER'S DAY
Last Sunday in September
NATIONAL FALLEN FIREFIGHTERS MEMORIAL SERVICE
First Sunday in October
2nd Monday in October
NATIONAL INDIGENOUS PEOPLES' DAY
2nd Monday in October
First Tuesday following the First Monday in November
MARINE CORPS DAY
4th Thursday in November
PEARL HARBOR REMEMBRANCE DAY
FLAG FLYING DAYS FOR YOUR STATE FLAG
You can fly your state flag every day of the year, from sunrise to sundown, if you would like. You can also choose to only fly your state flag on your state's birthday and/or on state holidays. The state's birthday is the date the state became a part of the Federal Government. Below is a list of each state's birthday with the state's order number when it officially became part of the United States.
Alabama (22): December 14, 1819 Alaska (49): January 3, 1959 Arizona (48): February 14, 1912 Arkansas (25): June 15, 1836 California (31): September 9, 1850 Colorado (38): August 1, 1876 Connecticut (5): January 9, 1788 Delaware (1): December 7, 1787 Florida (27): March 3, 1845 Georgia (4): January 2, 1788 Hawaii (50): August 21, 1959 Idaho (43): July 3, 1890 Illinois (21): December 3, 1818 Indiana (19): December 11, 1816 Iowa (29): December 28, 1846 Kansas (34): January 29, 1861 Kentucky (15): June 1, 1792
Louisiana (18): April 30, 1812 Maine (23): March 15, 1820 Maryland (7): April 28, 1788 Massachusetts (6): February 6, 1788 Michigan (26): January 26, 1837 Minnesota (32): May 11, 1858 Mississippi (20): December 10, 1817 Missouri (24): August 10, 1821 Montana (41): November 8, 1889 Nebraska (37): March 1, 1867 Nevada (36): October 31, 1864 New Hampshire (9): June 21, 1788 New Jersey (3): December 18, 1787 New Mexico (47): January 6, 1912 New York (11): July 26, 1788 North Carolina (12): November 21, 1789 North Dakota (39): November 2, 1889
Ohio (17): March 1, 1803 Oklahoma (46): November 16, 1907 Oregon (33): February 14, 1859 Pennsylvania (2): December 12, 1787 Rhode Island (13): May 29, 1790 South Carolina (8): May 23, 1788 South Dakota (40): November 2, 1889 Tennessee (16): June 1, 1796 Texas (28): December 29, 1845 Utah (45): January 4, 1896 Vermont (14): March 4, 1791 Virginia (10): June 25, 1788 Washington (42): November 11, 1889 West Virginia (35): June 20, 1863 Wisconsin (30): May 29, 1848 Wyoming (44): July 10, 1890
How Long Should I Fly the Flag at Half-Staff?
The President may order the flag to be flown at half-mast, or half-staff, to mark the death of other officials, former officials, or foreign dignitaries. In addition to these occasions, the president may also order half-staff display of the flag after other tragic events. When a half-staff order is issued, it will state when and how long the American flag or any state flag should be flown at half-staff. In any event, the flag should be briskly run up to the top of the staff before being lowered slowly to the half-mast position.
During half-staff flag flying days, all flags should be lowered as stated. For flagpoles with multiple flags, remove any additional flags below the American flag that are suspended at or below the cleat on your flagpole for the duration of the half-staff order. This will eliminate the chance that one of your flags will be dishonored by touching the ground.
The flag is to be flown at half-staff at all federal buildings, grounds, and naval vessels in the Washington, D.C. area on the day and day after the death of a United States senator, representative, territorial delegate, or the resident commissioner from the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico. It should also be flown at half-staff on all federal facilities in the state, congressional district, territory, or commonwealth of these officials.
After the death of a sitting Vice-President, the Chief of Justice, a retired Chief of Justice, or the Speaker of the House of Representatives
Day of and the day after the death of a member of Congress
Associate Justice of the Supreme Court, secretary of a military department, former Vice President, or the Governor of a state
If Your Flag Can't Fly at Half-Staff
If your flag cannot be lowered, such as a flag on a home, The American Legion says an acceptable alternative is to attach a black ribbon on top of the flag. The ribbon should be the same width as a stripe on the flag and the same length as the flag. In the case of wall-mounted flags, three mourning bows should be attached to the top edge of the flag, one at each corner, and one in the center.
Offers an alternative for flagpoles that cannot have a flag flown at half-staff
POW/MIA Recognition Day
Congress designated the third Friday of September as National POW/MIA Recognition Day and ordered prominent display of the POW/MIA flag on this day and several other national observances, including Armed Forces Day, Memorial Day, Flag Day, Independence Day, and Veterans Day. The 1998 Defense Authorization Act (P.L. 105- 85) mandates that on these national observances, the POW/MIA flag is to be flown over the White House, the U.S. Capitol, the Korean and Vietnam Veterans War Memorials, the offices of the Secretaries of State, Defense and Veterans Affairs, offices of the Director of the Selective Service System, every major military installation (as directed by the Secretary of Defense), every post office, and all Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Medical Centers and national cemeteries. The act also directs VA Medical Centers to fly the POW/MIA flag on any day on which the flag of the United States is displayed.