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Flag Flying Holidays 2023 & Half Mast instructions

The American Flag can be displayed proudly every day of the year. It’s especially fitting to fly the flag on the following holidays.
Select a holiday to find out more about it. Note that every number of star flag is a valid USA Flag therefore you may fly a Betsy Ross or 48 Star American Flag any day of the year.

How to fly a flag at half mast.

  • Fly the U.S. flag at half-staff sunrise until sunset 12/07/2021. For U.S. flags displayed on a short staff or for indoor flags that cannot be lowered to half-staff, place a Black Mourning Ribbon above the full staffed U.S. flag.
  • With a telescoping pole it is acceptable to put the U.S. flag on the second set of rings instead of the top set. In this case the top set would be left empty.
  • When the United States flag is flown at half-staff, state & other flags should be removed or flown at half-staff as well.

The correct procedure for displaying the flag at half-staff is to raise the flag to the top of the pole briskly, pause for a moment, and then slowly bring it down to where the top of the flag is at a position approximately halfway between the top and bottom of the pole. At the end of the day, the flag should be raised briskly to the top of the pole, then lowered slowly and ceremoniously retired for the day (unless illuminated at night).
If you need a new or replacement American Flag, we offer a complete line of American Flags in stock for immediate shipment.

What if I can’t lower my flag?

If you cannot lower a flag then a mourning ribbon can be placed on the American flag.

American flags traditionally fly at half-staff as a symbol of mourning, but there are circumstances where this is inappropriate. When the length of a flagpole, the permanent attachment of a flag to a staff, or the existence of obstructions such as shrubbery or a balcony make it difficult to half staff, attaching black ribbons above a flag is an alternate mode of expressing mourning. A ribbon twice the flag length and no more than 10% the flag width should be tied in a bow above the flag and below the finial, such that the two resulting streamers correspond roughly to the flag length (see image below).

Streamer Black Mourning Ribbon
If you can’t lower your flag a ribbon the length of the flag of black color is appropriate.

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Flag Flying Holidays 2022

Holiday 2023 Flag at Half Staff Occurrence
NEW YEAR’S DAY January 1 January 1
MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY January 24 Third Monday in January
INAUGURATION DAY N/A (January 20th every 4 years)
LINCOLN’S BIRTHDAY February 12 February 12
PRESIDENTS’ DAY (WASHINGTON’S BIRTHDAY) February 21 Third Monday in February
EASTER SUNDAY April 17 Variable linsolar date
V-E DAY May 8 May 8
MOTHER’S DAY May 8 Second Sunday in May
PEACE OFFICERS MEMORIAL DAY May 15 Yes, all day May 15
ARMED FORCES DAY May 21 Third Saturday in May
MEMORIAL DAY May 30 Yes, until noon Last Monday in May
FLAG DAY June 14 June 14
FATHER’S DAY June 19 Third Sunday in June
V-J DAY August 10 Second Monday in August
LABOR DAY September 5 First Monday in September
PATRIOT DAY September 11 Yes, all day September 11
CONSTITUTION DAY September 17 September 17
COLUMBUS DAY October 9 Second Monday in October
ELECTION DAY N/A (Tuesday after first Monday in November)
VETERANS DAY November 11 November 11
THANKSGIVING DAY November 23 Fourth Thursday in November
PEARL HARBOR DAY December 7 Yes, all day December 7
CHRISTMAS DAY December 25 December 25




Perpetual Flag Flying holiday chart.

Flag Holidays
Holiday  Date of Holiday
 Full Staff Half Staff
(sunrise to sunset)
 Half Staff

(until noon)

New Year’s Day January 1st
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 3rd Monday in January
Inauguration Day January 20th
Lincoln’s Birthday February 12th
Washington’s Birthday 3rd Monday in February
Easter Date varies yearly
Mother’s Day 2nd Sunday in May
Peace Officers Memorial Day May 15th
Armed Forces Day 3rd Saturday in May
Memorial Day Last Monday in May
Flag Day June 14th
Father’s Day 3rd Sunday in June
Independence Day July 4th
Korean War Veterans Day July 27th
Labor Day 1st Monday in September
Patriot Day September 11th
Constitution Day September 17th
Gold Star Mother’s Day Last Sunday in September
Fire Fighters Memorial Day The Sunday before or on October 9th
Columbus Day 2nd Monday in October
Navy Day October 27th
Veteran’s Day November 11th
Thanksgiving Day 4th Thursday in November
Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day December 7th
Christmas Day December 25th
State Birthdays & Holidays Dates varies state to state
All Election Days Various Dates


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