The little details mean a lot when you fly a flag, according to the rules of .
The flag should be raised "briskly" and lowered "ceremoniously," according to the . Grab a jacket if it's cold out when you take it down, because the process should technically take a while.
It's customary to only display the flag from sunrise to sunset. However, the flag code says "when a patriotic effect is desired," you can display the flag twenty-four hours a day if it's properly illuminated at night by a light.
Proper flag etiquette mandates that "the flag should never touch anything beneath it." That means no ground, no floor, no water — nothing touches the red, white and blue.
When the flag is displayed against a wall, the union (AKA the stars) should be situated to the uppermost left corner, or the flag's own right. The same goes for when it's displayed in a window — the union should be to the left of the observer.
Sure, you may be feeling patriotic during a rainstorm. But unless your flag is an all-weather flag (check the label), the code mandates that it should not be displayed in inclement weather.
Perhaps you wanted to mix things up. Whatever the reason, the flag code deems that the flag should never be displayed with the union down except to send "a signal of dire distress in instances of extreme danger to life or property." Fly it the wrong way, and you're sending a major S.O.S. to your neighbors.
When the flag is flown at half-staff, it should first be raised all the way to the peak, but just for an instant. Proceed to lower to the half-staff position. Raise the flag to the peak once more before you lower the it for the day.
This may be the time to invest in a compass. If your neighborhood displays a flag over the middle of the street, it should be suspended vertically. If it is an east and west street, the union should point to the north. In a north and south street, it should point to the east.
When you carry the flag to its display area, let it be free. The code mandates that the "flag should never be carried flat or horizontally, but always aloft and free."
Ixnay on the car display. The flag code states that the stars and stripes should not be draped over the hood, sides, top, or back of a vehicle (or of a railroad train or boat, in case you were wondering). Still want to show your patriotic spirit on the road? The code says "when the flag is displayed on a motorcar, the staff shall be fixed firmly to the chassis or clamped to the right fender." Hey, you have to appreciate the code for being thorough.