Flying the flag on your farm is a very patriotic thing to do.  But did you know the rules you need to follow to fly the flag correctly?

flying the flagBut up front, you should know that in the USA the flag code is technically US Federal law, but there is no prescribed punishments for not following these rules – other than getting people in your community upset and angry for you not doing the right thing!

You should also know that no one can stop you flying a US flag.  In 2006 the Freedom to Display the American Flag Act of 2005 officially became law and makes it illegal for any body to stop a person from flying the flag.

Rules for Flying the Flag in the USA!

There are lots of rules (here is the whole set)  – but the basic ones are these:

  • The flag has to be flown with the union (the stars) at the top.   The only time you can fly it upside down is if you need to signal that there is some dire case of emergency.
  • The flag has to be flown at the top of the pole if flown with local or state flags.  The flag must be larger or at least the same size as the other flags.
  • If flown with the flags of other countries, each flag needs to be the same size and flown on different poles.
  • The flag should be displayed during the day, and all effort should be made to illuminate it if flown at night.
  • Once your flag becomes badly worn that it is no longer ‘a fitting emblem for display’ it should be destroyed in a dignified way.  The preference is by burning!  Just touching the ground does not give the flag an instance death sentence (that seems to be a myth!)
  • You need to fly the flag at half-staff on Patriot Day (September 11 of each year), Peace Officers Memorial Day (May 15), and Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day (December 7). On Memorial Day, the flag flies at half-staff until noon, at which point it is raised to the top of the staff.  Note:  Half-staff or half -mast does NOT mean half way up the pole…rather it should be just not right at the top and practice seems to be more like 2/3 of the way up the pole.
Sometimes we display the flags of our visitors - here the Australian Flag and the Eureka Flag :)
Sometimes we display the flags of our visitors – here the Australian Flag and the Eureka Flag 🙂

Flying the flag in other countries – the rules



United Kingdom

Flying the flag correctly may save you some grief with your patriot neighbors, friends and family!


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5 thoughts on “Flying the flag on your farm

  • July 4, 2016 at 9:33 am

    When flying at half-mast or half -staff, it goes to the top first, then lowered.

  • September 19, 2016 at 8:45 pm

    As a U.S. Marine Veteran I have a pretty good hold on proper flag etiquette! Couple of tips if you are going to fly “Old Glory”. 1) Colors ( or the raising and lowering of the flag) must be done at dusk and dawn or if you choose to fly 24/7 you must illuminate the flag at night. 2) if the Flag is run up incorrectly at first it cannot ( I know this is kinda over the top for Joe Citizen) be brought down until another is run correctly in it’s place then you may lower the other!

    • September 3, 2017 at 3:49 pm

      Thanks to you and to Jarhead Jim for telling us about flying “Old Glory”. A retired Master Chief in the US Navy, I’ve been known to talk to business owners and homeowners about proper procedures for our Flag! I fly mine proudly, and correctly!

  • January 2, 2017 at 1:45 am

    My dad was Army stationed at Arlington Cemetery in the Color Guard for the Unknown Soldiers during the Eisenhower Administration. I loved see him in his uniform. He also served in many of the parades and when soldiers were brought in to be buried. He was a 22yr. Army Veteran that served in 3 wars WWII,Korea,and Vietnam. When I see anyone or businesses that are not taking care of,not properly displaying or disrespecting the American Flag it makes me sad. I wish more people could read this post/blog on how to properly care for our flag.

  • December 13, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Burning destruction after touching the ground was in the 1980’s code, as well as any dirt. I.E. washing wasn’t allowed and visible dirt ment destruction. Unless under fire

    This was in our civics book apparently a lost class. And possibly varying from mil spec code. Or coast guard regs on us regerstered civilian ships. And probably more of a suggestion instead of law.


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