Bob Vila Radio: Fly the Flag

So independence day is upon us, and what better way to show your spirit than to fly the flag…but did you know there are some pretty specific rules about how to do it?



Listen to BOB VILA ON FLY THE FLAG, or read text below:

The flag is traditionally flown on most national holidays, but whether you’re using a flagpole or attaching a bracket to the house, make sure you’ve got easy access. Etiquette dictates that unless it’s lit for nighttime display, the flag should only by flown by day. You’ll want to bring it in during foul weather as well, since flying a damaged flag defeats the purpose of flying one at all.

If you’re attaching a pole bracket to the siding or trim of your house, put a dab of silicone in the pilot holes before you attach it to keep the water out.

Always hang your flag with the stars at the peak, or if you’re hanging it flat, with the stars to the flag’s own right (the viewer’s left).  Hanging a flag upside down or backwards isn’t just a breach of etiquette, it’s actually a distress signal that can attract all kinds of unwanted attention.

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For more on outdoor decorating, consider:

Flag Etiquette
This Old Flagpole
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