Flying the Colors
- The U.S. Flag Code, adopted in 1923 and amended by Public Law 94-344 in 1976,
states "It is the universal custom to display the flag only from sunrise to
sunset ... However, when a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be
displayed 24 hours a day if properly illuminated during the hours of
- When flags or pennants of states, cities, or societies are flown with the
national flag on the same halyard, the U.S. flag should fly at the peak,
above all others.
- If other flags are flown from adjacent staffs, the U.S. flag should always
be to the right of all others and should be hoisted first and lowered
- Flags of other nations must be flown from separate flagpoles of equal
height, and all flags should be approximately equal in size with the
U.S. flag. International usage forbids the display of the flag of one
nation above that of another nation in time of peace.