2017 – Designated Days to Fly the United States Flag

Jan 1st, 2017

The following schedule includes designated days for both federal (according to the U.S. Flag Code), and individual states. Other days may be added during the year by order of the United States President, or by state governors.

 

U.S. Flag

 

Federal

 

January 1 – New Years Day

 

January 16 – Martin Luther King Jr. Day

 

January 20 – Inauguration Day

 

February 12 – Lincoln’s Birthday

 

February 20 – Washington’s Birthday

 

April 16 – Easter Sunday

 

May 14 – Mother’s Day

 

May 20 – Armed Forces Day

 

May 29 – Memorial Day; Flown at half-staff until noon, then raised to full height

 

June 14 – Flag Day

 

June 18 – Father’s Day

 

July 4 – Independence Day

 

July 27 – National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day

 

September 4 – Labor Day

 

September 17 – Constitution Day

 

October 9 – Columbus Day

 

October 27 – Armed Forces Day

 

November 11 – Veterans Day

 

November 23 – Thanksgiving Day

 

December 25 – Christmas Day

 

The U.S. flag should be displayed from sunrise to sunset on designated days except in bad weather unless the individual displays an all weather flag. Note that flags may be displayed 24 hours a day if proper illumination is installed that spotlights the flag during hours of darkness.

 

State

 

Following are the birthdays (the date that each state was admitted to the Union) of each state. The U.S. Flag Code states that U.S. flags should be displayed on state birthdays, but does not clarify whether the recommendation is directed towards citizens of individual states or to United States citizens as a whole.

 

Alabama - December 14, 1819

Montana – November 3, 1889

Alaska – January 3, 1959

Nebraska – March 1, 1867

Arizona – February 14, 1912

Nevada – October 31, 1864

Arkansas – June 15, 1836

New Hampshire – June 21, 1788

California – September 9, 1850

New Jersey – December 18, 1787

Colorado – August 1, 1876

New Mexico – January 6, 1912

Connecticut – January 9, 1788

New York – July 25, 1788

Delaware – December 7, 1787

North Carolina – November 21, 1789

Florida – March 3, 1845

North Dakota – November 2, 1889

Georgia – January 2, 1788

Ohio – March 1, 1803

Hawaii – August 21, 1959

Oklahoma – November 16, 1907

Idaho – July 3, 1890

Oregon – February 14, 1859

Illinois – December 3, 1818

Pennsylvania – December 12, 1787

Indiana – December 11, 1816

Rhode Island – May 29, 1790

Iowa – December 26, 1846

South Carolina – May 23, 1788

Kansas – January 23, 1861

South Dakota – November 2, 1889

Kentucky – June 1, 1792

Tennessee – June 1, 1796

Louisiana – April 30, 1812

Texas – December 29, 1845

Maine – March 15, 1820

Utah – January 4, 1896

Maryland – April 28, 1788

Vermont – March 4, 1791

Massachusetts – February 6, 1788

Virginia – June 25, 1788

Michigan – January 26, 1837

Washington – November 11, 1889

Minnesota – May 11, 1858

West Virginia – June 20, 1863

Mississippi – December 10, 1817

Wisconsin – May 29, 1848

Missouri – August 10, 1821

Wyoming – July 10, 1890

 

Each state has the authority to establish additional days that it asks its citizens to fly their American flags.

 

There are other days that are addressed by statute when the U.S. flag should be flown, but those are directed at federal government branches, rather than citizens, and are not listed here.

 

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