There are lots of reasons to hang an American flag in front of your house, most of them very personal. Veterans for example, are more likely to hang a flag because of the memories they have of the time spent in the military. And we have quite a few holidays where hanging a flag is popular to show support for our country.
There are many recommended days for hanging your flag, too numerous to list here but they're only a click away (holidays to display your flag). And there are some days when you're supposed to fly your flag at half staff (half staff American flag notifications). There are rules you're supposed to follow when hanging (and folding) a flag in front of your house:
- Custom says you display the flag from sunrise to sunset. Alternatively you can illuminate the flag and leave it up all night but it should be taken down in inclement weather.
- When hanging an American flag from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle from the window sill, balcony, or front of a building, the union (rectangle with the stars) of the flag should be at the peak of the staff.
- When the flag is displayed rather than flown from a staff, it should be displayed flat, and the union should be uppermost and to the observer's left.
- Bunting of blue, white and red should be used, never the flag, when festoons, rosettes or drapings are desired.
- The flag should never touch anything below it, like the ground or floor indoors.
What You Need to Hang a Flag
There are many different ways for hanging a flag in front of your house. As you review your choices, and consider how often you want to hang the flag, and whether you'll light it at night or take it down.
- Hanging a flag from a flagpole which takes some extra work to dig and fill the hole.
- Hanging a flag using a bracket attached to the front wall of your house, a porch post, a window sill or a balcony.
- Hanging flat against your house, or horizontally hanging down from a porch or balcony.
- You might prefer draping bunting from a porch or balcony or …
- Stick a few small flags in a flower pot, if you don't have enough time or money for hanging a flag this year.
Check Out These Products for Hanging a Flag
Here are a few flags on Amazon that might be just what you want to celebrate this summer. You'll see flag poles from 16 to 25 feet, or when attaching your flag to the house using a bracket, you only need a 5 ft flag pole. Most flags displayed on homes are 3 by 5 feet. With the tallest flag pole (25 ft), a larger 4 by 6 ft flag is recommended.