If you’re an American citizen, you might purchase a flag at some point, for a holiday, ceremony, or to display on your property as a form of patriotism. For a standard American flag, cotton and polyester versions of the stars and stripes can be found. As, in many cases, the flag will need to stay outside, the material should be strong enough to withstand water, the sun, and wind. Although brick-and-mortar stores selling exclusively American flags are hard to come by, online retailers sell flags with setup equipment like flagpoles and stands. American flags should be displayed at schools and government buildings, and they can be displayed in your home for various reasons.
Holidays, such as July 4th, are often times to display the flag. If you go through any city or town, American flags are almost always on display around this time of year. Although patriotism is appropriate at all times, July 4th is the national day of independence, and showing your pride is accepted all around. July 4th isn’t the only holiday in which American flags are displayed prominently, and other summer holidays like Labor Day and Memorial Day have flags displayed prominently to symbolize values associated with it.
Holidays aren’t the only times in which the flag is displayed prominently. In fact, American flags should be on display in public schools and government buildings. When you were a student, you probably remember a standard size flag displayed in your school’s auditorium. A smaller flag might have been displayed in your classroom each day, so that when you said the Pledge of Allegiance, you and your classmates could turn in the direction of the flag. In addition, a larger flag would have been displayed on a tall flagpole outside. Government organizations and buildings may not have their workers say the Pledge every day, but having at least an American flag outside is necessary.
What if you want to display an American flag in your home? Many who served in the military or those who are simply proud Americans want to display a flag on their properties. Displaying American flags is legal, but all flags need to be displayed according to the Flag Code. The Flag Code specifies how American flags can be displayed, and this includes the direction and how the flag is facing, and also how the flag should be disposed of once it is too tattered to be flown.