Be a good American and hang the flag properly this Fourth of July

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Be a Good American and Hang the Flag Properly this Fourth of July

By Sean Dowling:

When it comes to proper etiquette on the Fourth of July, which most certainly revolves around a backyard barbecue, there are certain rules to abide by.

Pace yourself with the burgers. Don't crush any beer cans on your forehead; it's gonna hurt! And if you're want to show off your love for America loud and proud,
you'd better display Old Glory properly!

Whether hanging them from porches or proudly carrying them in the town parade. Old Glory is everywhere, but you better get it right!

The U.S. Federal Government just released a guide on their Facebook page on how to correctly display the American flag for the holiday.

Turns out, there are a lot of rules to obey based on the Federal Flag Code - - which is 56 pages long.

Here's the SparkNotes version.

  • Display it from sunrise to sunset
  • If you want to show it off after dark, you'd better shine a light on it
  • Also if it's raining, don't fly the flag, unless its an all-weather flag
  • When displaying it on the porch, the blue section with stars or the union of the flag needs to be at the peak of the staff unless the flag is at half-staff
  • If displaying it on the window or a flat surface like a wall, the union should be top left


Another good thing to know, many dry cleaners will clean U.S. flags for free during June and July!

Show your patriotism by proudly displaying the old Red, White and Blue while celebrating the nation's 240th birthday.

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People hang from the Sky Flyer ride at the State Fair Meadowlands during a Fourth of July fireworks display, Friday, July 3, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
Melinda Doolittle performs during rehearsal for the annual Boston Pops orchestra Fourth of July concert at the Hatch Shell in Boston, Friday, July 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Fireworks in honor of Fourth of July are displayed behind the Ring of Fire ride at the State Fair Meadowlands, Friday, July 3, 2015, in East Rutherford, N.J. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)
A young girl waves a flag during rehearsal for the annual Boston Pops orchestra Fourth of July concert at the Hatch Shell in Boston, Friday, July 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Soldiers fire a cannon during rehearsal for the annual Boston Pops orchestra Fourth of July concert at the Hatch Shell in Boston, Friday, July 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Fireworks shoot from the top of the Hatch Shell during rehearsal for the annual Boston Pops orchestra Fourth of July concert in Boston, Friday, July 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
A young girl waves a flag during rehearsal for the annual Boston Pops orchestra Fourth of July concert at the Hatch Shell in Boston, Friday, July 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
Fom left to right, spectators Mary Ann Rollings, Gloria Kelley, Linda Stacey and Eileen Bitter pose for a photo before rehearsal for the annual Boston Pops orchestra Fourth of July concert on the Esplanade in Boston, Friday, July 3, 2015. (AP Photo/Michael Dwyer)
A boy plays with a kite Friday, July 3, 2015, at Crown Memorial Beach in Alameda, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
People enjoy warm temperatures on Crown Memorial Beach Friday, July 3, 2015, in Alameda, Calif. The San Francisco skyline is seen in the background. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)
David Clark places flags for the Fourth of July celebrations along the Town Green, Friday, July 3, 2015, in Middlebury, Vt. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 03: Barry Manilow performs at A Capitol Fourth 2015 Independence Day Concert dress rehearsals on July 3, 2015 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Teresa Kroeger/WireImage)
Miki Sudo, second from right, holds her trophy and smiles after winning the Nathan's Famous Fourth of July International Hot Dog Eating Contest women's competition Saturday, July 4, 2015, at Coney Island in the Brooklyn borough of New York. Sudo ate 38 hot dogs and buns in 10 minutes. (AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)(AP Photo/Tina Fineberg)
The tall ship Hermione passes near the Statue of Liberty as it leads the Lafayette Parade of ships up the Hudson River in New York's Upper Bay Saturday, July 4, 2015. The Hermione is a replica of the 18th century ship the Marquis de Lafayette, sailed to the America's with news of full French support for the revolutionary cause. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)
Spectators watch Fourth of July fireworks from the Stratosphere hotel and casino, Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)
Kansas City Royals relief pitcher Greg Holland (56) watches Fourth of July fireworks on the field after a baseball game against the Minnesota Twins on Saturday, July 4, 2015, in Kansas City, Mo. The Twins won 5-3. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel)
Macy's Fourth of July fireworks light up the sky over Manhattan, Saturday, July 4, 2015 in New York in a view from One World Observatory. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)
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