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How to Display and Fold the American Flag

Our country’s flag is more than just a piece of cloth. It’s a symbol of America. It represents our past, our present and our future, which means the flag of the United States must be honored and treated with respect.

You can fly the flag every day of the year, but you have to do it the right way. Fly your flag from sunrise to sunset. If you want to keep it raised at night, make sure it’s lit properly so it isn’t flying in total darkness.


If the U.S. flag is flown with other types of flags — like state flags or maybe your Scout unit’s flag — the U.S. flag should be given the position of honor to its own right. That means if you’re standing next to the flag and looking out at an audience or away from a building, the U.S. flag should always be on the right.

When hoisting a flag on a flagpole, hold the folded flag so it does not touch the ground. This is a two-man job: One person attaches the flag to the line and raises it while the other holds it steady throughout. When the flag is flying freely, one person should step back and salute it while the other ties the line to the flagpole.

To lower the flag, repeat the process in reverse order. While one person salutes, another should loosed the line and lower the flag slowly. When the flag is in reach, the person who was saluting should gather the flag in his arms while the other removes the flag from the flagpole and re-ties the line.


But you’re not done yet. You can’t just fold up the flag any old way. Hold it at waist level between yourself and another person, fold it in half lengthwise, then fold it in half lengthwise again, always keeping the blue field on the outside. While one person holds the flag by the blue field, the other should make triangular folds from the opposite end until only the blue field is available.


The U.S. flag can be carried on a staff in parades, at Scout meetings and during other ceremonies and events.


7 Comments on How to Display and Fold the American Flag

  1. thank you!

  2. Very awesome thank you for sharing

    • NICK THE BEST BOSS 😉😉😉😉 // September 12, 2019 at 3:11 pm // Reply

      My dad was in the military before my sister was born and when he came back it was the first time he got to hold her and see her for the first time and thanks for sharing this!!!! I’m probably going to show my dad how to fold a flag but he already knows how to fold a flag!!!.. 😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀😀

  3. This was very helpful

  4. This is awesome. For people that don’t know how to fold the American flag, this is the place to go.

    • This has been very useful and instructive. I am not American yet but I am delighted to learn those American citizenship practice and behavior regarding official symbols. I deal with Americans and I need to show respect. To tell the truth I am lover of this country, I have two flags in my possession: one given by Burke county high school officials and the other one was thrown down street and I picked it and washed it.
      NB: a third one is a flag like handkerchief, which I paid back from a colleague because she was using it like something of no value, I could not support this, I asked her to sell it to me then buy another handkerchief, which she did. This video taught me how to keep them with respect!
      Thank you!

  5. I have seen a military flag folding where they fold it just a hair short on the lengthwise fold so that the red will not show.

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