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When to Fly your American Flag

The American flag should be displayed on all days and especially the holidays listed below. The dates marked in red indicate when you should fly your flag at half-staff.

Did you know that half mast is a popular term used for flying a flag at half staff, but is not the correct term? Half mast is a term used in reference to nautical flag poles, or mast. Half staff is a term used for any other flagpole whether residential, or commercial.

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National Holidays:

New Year's Day
January 1

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 20

Inauguration Day
January 21
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Lincoln's Birthday
February 12

President's Birthday
February 17

Washington's Birthday
February 18

Easter Sunday
April 20

Mother's Day
May 13

Peace Officer's Memorial Day
(half-staff) May 15

Armed Forces Day
May 17

Memorial Day
(Half-staff) May 26

D-Day
June 6

Flag Day
June 14

Father's Day
June 15

Independence Day
July 4

Korean War Veterans Day
July 27

Labor Day
September 1

Patriot Day
(half-staff) September 11

Constitution Day
September 17

Gold Star Mother's Day
September 29

Columbus Day
October 13

Navy Birthday
October 27

Election Day
November 5

Marine Corps Birthday
November 10

Veterans Day
November 11 

Thanksgiving Day
November 27

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
(half-staff) December 7

Christmas Day
December 25

State Holidays

Birthdays of States
(The date of admission)


Extracted from the July 7, 1976 amendment to the Flag Code (Public Law 94-344, 94th Congress.

State Birthdays:

A U.S. state is any one of the fifty sub national entities of the United States that share sovereignty with the federal government. Because of this shared sovereignty, an American is a citizen both of the federal entity and of his or her state of domicile. The following dates are when our states became apart of the federal government. Fly your American and State flags on their anniversary into statehood and remember your heritage.

Georgia
January 2, 1788

Alaska
January 3, 1959

Utah
January 4, 1896

New Mexico
January 6, 1912

Connecticut
January 9, 1788

Michigan
January 26, 1837

Kansas
January 29, 1861

Massachusetts
February 6, 1788

Oregon
February 14, 1859

Arizona
February 14, 1912

Ohio
March 1, 1803

Nebraska
March 1, 1867

Florida
March 3, 1845

Vermont
March 4, 1791

Maine
March 15, 1820

Maryland
April 28, 1788

Louisiana
April 30, 1812

Minnesota
May 11, 1858

South Carolina
May 23, 1788

Rhode Island
May 29, 1790

Wisconsin
May 29, 1848

Kentucky
June 1, 1792

Tennessee
June 1, 1796

Arkansas
June 15, 1836

West Virginia
June 20, 1863

 

New Hampshire
June 21, 1788

Virginia
June 25, 1788

Idaho
July 3, 1890

Wyoming
July 10, 1890

New York
July 26, 1788

Colorado
August 1, 1876

Missouri
August 10, 1821

Hawaii
August 21, 1959

California
September 9, 1850

Nevada
October 31, 1864

North Dakota
November 2, 1889

South Dakota
November 2, 1889

Montana
November 8, 1889

Washington
November 11, 1889

Oklahoma
November 16, 1907

North Carolina
November 21, 1789

Illinois
December 3, 1818

Delaware
December 7, 1787

Mississippi
December 10, 1817

Indiana
December 11, 1816

Pennsylvania
December 12, 1787

Alabama
December 14, 1819

New Jersey
December 14, 1787

Iowa
December 28, 1846

Texas
December 29, 1845