The U.S. Flag Code encourages homeowners and business owners to display the American flag all 365 days a year. However, there are certain days on which it’s particularly “fitting” to display the American flag, one of which is Abraham Lincoln’s birthday. If you own an American flag, you should consider preparing it for the former president’s birthday. The 16th president of the United States, Lincoln led played an important role in shaping our nation’s history by guiding the United States through the Civil War. With his efforts to abolish slavery, Lincoln has become recognized as one of the most influential presidents of all time.
Because of Lincoln’s prominent role in forging a new path for our country, it’s customary for homeowners and business owners to display the American flag on his birthday. So, when is Lincoln’s birthday exactly? Lincoln was born on Feb. 12, 1809 in Kentucky. As a result, his birthday is celebrated each year in the United States on February 12. With the former president’s birthday fast approaching, you should use this opportunity to prepare your American flag so that it’s ready to fly high in front of your home or place of business.
From sunrise to sunset, you should display the American flag atop a flagpole on Lincoln’s birthday. Whether it’s in front of your home or business — or both for that matter — it’s customary to display the American flag on the former president’s birthday. The U.S. Flag Code even mentions Lincoln’s birthday as being an important day on which to display the American flag.
If you have a flagpole in front of your home or business, be sure to fly the American flag on it from sunrise until sunset on Lincoln’s birthday, which as previously mentioned, is Feb. 12.
Following Lincoln’s birthday, other days on which it’s particularly fitting to display the American flag include George Washington’s, St. Patrick’s Day, Easter, Earth Day, International Firefighters Day, Mother’s Day and Memorial Day. Of course, you can (and should) display the American flag on other days of the year. These flag holidays, however, are especially important, so don’t forget to display the American flag on them.
Keep in mind that on some flag holidays, the American flag should be flown at half-staff. This doesn’t apply to Lincoln’s birthday, nor does it apply to any other former president’s birthday. It does, however, apply to Memorial Day (until noon) as well as a few other days. See the full list of American flag holidays.