Ideas for Flying Old Glory on July 4th
Celebrate the 4th of July by putting up or accessorizing a flagpole. Here are some ways to show your respect for Old Glory, plus tips on flag-flying etiquette.
There's an etiquette to follow when it comes to displaying the American flag. Do you follow procedure? Image: summerbl4ck/Flickr
Independence Day is a good time to pump up your respect for Old Glory. So proclaim your patriotism with one of the unique flagpoles and accessories below. But first, ask your local zoning board about any height or setback restrictions.
Flag set: Get started displaying Old Glory with this complete set that includes a 3-by-5-foot U.S. flag, 6-foot steel pole, gold eagle ornament, and mounting bracket with screws. ($9.98)
Black spinning flagpole: Here’s a new twist on old flagpoles: One that spins to keep your flag from twisting around the pole on windy days. The top half of the aluminum pole spins freely and eliminates the need for an anti-wrap sleeve. ($15.75)
Commercial grade solar-powered flagpole light: If you fly your flag at night, illuminate it with this solar-powered light that produces 100 lux (equivalent to the light available on an overcast day) and lasts 6 to 12 hours. It mounts to flagpoles 2 to 4 inches in diameter. ($115)
DIY flagpole: Making your own 20-foot flagpole is easier than it sounds. It will cost about $57 in parts, plus the cost of the wood or pipe you use for the pole, and concrete for the foundation. Anchor Flag and Flagpole shows you how.
To ensure that you fly your flag respectfully, here are some flag etiquette basics:
- Whenever you fly more than one flag on the same flagpole, the U.S. flag should fly above the rest.
- Ordinarily, the flag is flown from sunrise to sunset. If you fly it at night, it should be illuminated.
- When you lower the flag, don’t let it touch the ground or any other object.
- When a flag is worn and no longer fit to fly, it should be burned in a dignified manner.