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Can You Display the American Flag Outdoors By Hanging It?

After purchasing the American flag, you’ll need to choose a location in which to display it. Most homeowners prefer to display the American flag on a pole in front of their homes. You can mount a flag pole directly in the ground, or you can place a flag pole inside of a bracket or holder. Rather than using a flag pole, though, you may want to display the American flag outdoors by hanging it.

Yes, You Can Hang It

There’s no law or provision prohibiting homeowners in the United States from displaying the American flag by hanging it. The U.S. Flag Code lays out several essential rules for displaying the American. Nonetheless, it doesn’t prohibit homeowners from hanging the American flag. You can display the American flag by hanging it from the side of your home while complying with the U.S. Flag Code.

Hang Vertically or Horizontally

If you’re going to display the American flag by hanging it from the side of your home, you should choose an appropriate orientation for it. According to the U.S. Flag Code, the American flag should be displayed so that the union is in the upper-left corner (to the observer).

You can hang the American flag either vertically or horizontally as long as the union is in the upper-left corner. The union, of course, is the blue-colored section that contains the stars. It should always be in the upper-left corner, regardless of the American flag’s orientation.

Give It Clearance

You should also give the American flag clearance when displaying it by hanging it from the side of your home. In other words, don’t let it touch anything.

The U.S. Flag Code specifically says that the American flag shouldn’t touch anything beneath it. If you hang it from the side of your home, you should give the American flag at least a few feet of clearance all around it.

Consider a Flag Pole

While you can display the American flag by hanging it outdoors, using a flag pole is the recommended display method. A flag pole will allow the American flag to blow gracefully in the wind. More importantly perhaps, it will protect the American flag from premature wear and tear.

Hanging the American flag directly from the side of your home may result in damage to it. It will be directly exposed to rainwater. As rain falls on your home, it will drip down onto the American flag. Using a flagpole won’t necessarily prevent your American flag from getting wet in rainy weather, but it will protect the American flag from premature wear and tear.

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