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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 2017:

New Year's Day
January 1

Martin Luther King Jr. Day
January 16

Inauguration Day
January 20, 2017
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Lincoln's Birthday
February 13

President's Birthday
February 20

Washington's Birthday
February 22

St. Patrick's Day
March 17

Easter Sunday
March 16

Earth Day
April 22

International Firefighters Day
May 4

Mother's Day
May 14

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

Armed Forces Day
May 20

Memorial Day
(Half-staff) May 29

Remember D-Day
June 6

Flag Day & Army Birthday
June 14

Father's Day
June 18

Independence Day
July 4

Korean War Veterans Day
July 27

Coast Guard Day
August 4

Labor Day
September 4

Patriot Day
(half-staff) September 11

Constitution & Citizenship Day
September 17

Air Force Birthday
September 18

Gold Star Mother's Day
September 24

Columbus Day
October 9

Navy Birthday
October 13

Election Day
November 7, 2017

Marine Corps Birthday
November 10

Veterans Day
November 11 

Thanksgiving Day
November 23

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

 

Washington State New 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.

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