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The American flag should be displayed on all days and especially the holidays listed below. The dates marked in red color 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 2019

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New Year's Day
January 1

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 21

Inauguration Day
January 21

Lincoln's Birthday
February 12

President's Day
February 18

Washington's Birthday
February 18

St. Patrick's Day
March 17

National Vietnam War Veterans Day
March 29

National Former Prisoner of War Recognition Day
April 9

Easter Sunday
April 21

Earth Day
April 22

International Firefighters Day
May 4

Mother's Day
May 12

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

Armed Forces Day
May 18

Memorial Day
May 27 (half-staff to noon)

Remember D-Day
June 6

Army Birthday
June 14

Flag Day
June 14

Father's Day
June 16

Independence Day
July 4

National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day
July 27

Coast Guard Birthday
August 4

Labor Day
September 2

Patriot Day
September 11 (half-staff)

National POW/MIA Recognition Day
September 20

Constitution Day and Citizenship Day
September 17

Air Force Birthday
September 18

Gold Star Mother's Day
September 29

National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Service
October 6 (half-staff)

Columbus Day
October 14

National Indigenous Peoples Day
October 14

Navy Birthday
October 13

Election Day
November 5

Marine Corps Birthday
November 10

Veterans Day
November 11

Thanksgiving Day
November 28

Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day
December 7 (half-staff)

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.

December 14, 1819

January 3, 1959

February 14, 1912

June 15, 1836

September 9, 1850

August 1, 1876

January 9, 1788

December 7, 1787

March 3, 1845

January 2, 1788

August 21, 1959

July 3, 1890

December 3, 1818

December 11, 1816

December 28, 1846

January 29, 1861

June 1, 1792

April 30, 1812

March 15, 1820

April 28, 1788

February 6, 1788

January 26, 1837

May 11, 1858

December 10, 1817

August 10, 1821

November 8, 1889

March 1, 1867

October 31, 1864

New Hampshire
June 21, 1788

New Jersey
December 14, 1787

New Mexico
January 6, 1912

New York
July 26, 1788

North Carolina
November 21, 1789

North Dakota
November 2, 1889

December 12, 1787

March 1, 1803

November 16, 1907

February 14, 1859

Rhode Island
May 29, 1790

South Carolina
May 23, 1788

South Dakota
November 2, 1889

June 1, 1796

December 29, 1845

January 4, 1896

March 4, 1791

June 25, 1788

November 11, 1889

West Virginia
June 20, 1863

May 29, 1848

July 10, 1890

Washington POW/MIA Flag Display Rules

POW/MIA Flag Display Effective July 23, 2017, HB 1204 regarding the days to display the POW/MIA flag requires that "Each public entity must display the national league of families' POW/MIA flag along with the flag of the United States and the flag of the state upon or near the principal building of the public entity…" A "public entity" as used in this legislation "means every state agency, including each institution of higher education, and every county, city, and town."

The flag must be displayed on the following dates:

  • March 30 (Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Day)
  • April 9 (Former Prisoners of War Recognition Day)
  • Third Saturday in May (Armed Forces Day)
  • Last Monday in May (Memorial Day)
  • June 14 (Flag Day)
  • July 4 (Independence Day)
  • July 27 (National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day)
  • Third Friday in September (National POW/MIA Recognition Day)
  • November 11 (Veterans' Day)
  • December 7 (Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day)

If the designed day falls on a Saturday or Sunday, then the POW/MIA flag must be displayed on the preceding Friday. The Governor's Veterans Affairs Advisory Committee's website provides information to public entities regarding the purchase and display of the POW/MIA flag.

New Jersey KIA (Killed In Action) Flag Display Rules

Effective August 7, 2017, Bill #S1497 requires all municipal buildings to fly the KIA Flag. "The flag shall be displayed during normal business hours at the State House in Trenton, the principal municipal building in each municipality, and the principal county building in each county seat." 

For more information, click here to read the entire bill.

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