Sec. 5. — Display and use of flag by civilians; codification of rules and customs; definition
The following codification of existing rules and customs
pertaining to the display and use of the flag of the United
States of America be, and it is hereby, established for the use
of such civilians or civilian groups or organizations as may not
be required to conform with regulations promulgated by one or
more executive departments of the Government of the United
States. The flag of the United States for the purpose of this
chapter shall be defined according to title 4, United States
Code, Chapter 1, Section 1 and Section 2 and Executive Order
10834 issued pursuant thereto.
Sec. 6. — Time and occasions for display
On the admission of a new State into the Union one star shall be
added to the union of the flag; and such addition shall take
effect on the fourth day of July then next succeeding such
It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to sunset on buildings and on stationary flagstaffs in the open. However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed twenty-four hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of darkness.
The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed.
The flag should be displayed on all days, especially on:
New Year's Day, January 1
Inauguration Day, January 20
Martin Luther King Jr.'s birthday, third Monday in January
Lincoln's Birthday, February 12
Washington's Birthday, third Monday in February
Easter Sunday (variable)
Mother's Day, second Sunday in May
Armed Forces Day, third Saturday in May
Memorial Day (half-staff until noon), the last Monday in May
Flag Day, June 14
Independence Day, July 4
Labor Day, first Monday in September
Constitution Day, September 17
Columbus Day, second Monday in October
Navy Day, October 27
Veterans Day, November 11
Thanksgiving Day, fourth Thursday in November
Christmas Day, December 25
and such other days as may be proclaimed by the President of the United
States, the birthdays of States (date of admission) and on State holidays.
The flag should be displayed daily on or near the main administration building of every public institution.
The flag should be displayed in or near every polling place on election days.
The flag should be displayed during school days in or near every schoolhouse.