Everyday Inspirations


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Happy Independence Day, fabulous EI readers! I hope you're having amazing holiday weekends.

Because I know so many people love to display the U.S. flag over the Fourth of July weekend, I thought it would be fun to do a post on how to do so properly. I have to give a shout-out to the folks at ushistory.org, who taught me everything I needed to know for this post (and more). Visit their site if you'd like further information.

A few tips for properly displaying the flag of the United States:
  • When displaying the flag over the middle of the street, suspend it vertically with the union (blue starred portion) to the north in an east and west street or to the east in a north and south street.
  • If you ever fly another flag with the U.S. flag, the U.S. flag should always be flown on top. When the flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the U.S. flag should be hoisted first and lowered last. 
  • When the flag is suspended from a house, window sill, or balcony, the union should be at the peak of the staff or suspended first (away from the building).
  • Flags carried in parades should be on the marching right or the front and center of a line.
  • Flags hung in windows should be displayed with the union on the upper left. 
Oh, and because you may now have "You're a Grand Old Flag" in your head (thanks a lot, Ashley), I went ahead and included a link to the song on YouTube (karaoke version!). I've been singing it myself while I type.

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