Flag Pole Size Ratio

Recommended Flag Sizes for In-Ground Flagpoles

We frequently get asked, “What size flag should I fly on my flag pole?” In order to help with answering that question and provide a resource for anyone to reference, we’ve put together the 2-column table below. Simply look for the measurement of your flag pole and the recommended flag size will be beside it. (You can also use one size larger if you prefer bigger flags that can be seen from greater distances.)

EXPOSED POLE HT. FLAG SIZE
20 foot 3′ x 5′
25 foot 4′ x 6′
30 foot 5′ x 8′
35 foot 6′ x 10′
40 foot 8′ x 12′
EXPOSED POLE HT. FLAG SIZE
45 foot 8′ x 12′
50 foot 10′ x 15′
60 foot 12′ x 18′
70 foot 15′ x 25′
80 foot 20′ x 30′

flag flying on flagpole

» What size flag should I fly on my in-ground flag pole?
» If someone accidentally drops the American flag while trying to hoist it on our in-ground flag pole, will it have to be burned?
» We are putting an in-ground flag pole on our place of business, but it will have to be close to another building, is there a regulation about the American flag flying close to buildings or trees?
» What is the proper way to fly my American flag with my state flag on my in-ground flag pole?
» I have an in-ground flag pole and want to fly my American, Army and state flag on the same pole. In what order am I supposed to fly them?
» We have an in-ground flag pole and want to fly our American flag all the time. What are the regulations on flying a flag 24/7?
» What are the ceremonial regulations on raising and lowering an American flag on my flag pole?
» I am originally from Canada and would like to appropriately fly my Canadian flag along with my American flag. How may I fly them together so that I am adhering to our Flag Code?
» We are getting ready to light our American flag on our 20 foot in-ground flag pole, so we may fly our flag 24/7. What is meant by “proper illumination”?
» My American and state flags are flying together on the same pole. What am I supposed to do with my state flag when the American flag is to be at half-staff?
» We will be flying several military flags together on our 30 foot flag pole and would like to fly them appropriately. In what order should they be displayed?

What size flag should I fly on my in-ground flag pole?

The recommended standard size flag to use on an in ground flag pole will depend on the height of the flag pole. The flag should be at least a fourth but not greater than half the overall height of the flag pole. Please see this table to quickly access our Flag Pole Size Ratio chart.

If someone accidentally drops the American flag while trying to hoist it on our in-ground flag pole, will it have to be burned?

The United States Flag Code does not state that a flag should be burned if it touches the ground, but that it is disrespectful to the flag to touch anything below it, and much care should be used so that the American flag is moved in such a manner that it is not touching the ground.

We are putting an in-ground flag pole on our place of business, but it will have to be close to another building, is there a regulation about the American flag flying close to buildings or trees?

The United States Flag Code states that the American flag shall be flying in such a way that it will not touch any obstructions and be permitted to fly and fall freely.

What is the proper way to fly my American flag with my state flag on my in-ground flag pole?

When flying a state flag with the flag of the United States on the same pole, the flag of United States must always be above the state flag. The state flag must be the same size or smaller than the United States flag.

I have an in-ground flagpole and want to fly my American, Army and state flag on the same pole. In what order am I supposed to fly them?

When you are flying your United States, Army and state flag on the same flag pole, they should be in this order: The United States flag is above all other flags, next your state flag, and last your Army (military) flag. While in attendance with the United Sates flag, no other flag should be larger than your United States flag.

We have an in-ground flag pole and want to fly our American flag all the time. What are the regulations on flying a flag 24/7?

It is the universal custom to display the American flag from sunrise to sunset if displayed in the open. If a patriotic effect is desired, the flag may be displayed anytime as long as the flag is properly illuminated during the hours of darkness. The flag should never be displayed during inclement weather unless an all-weather flag is displayed.

What are the ceremonial regulations on raising and lowering an American flag on my flag pole?

The United States flag should be raised quickly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously. When it is flown at half-staff, the flag should be first raised to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. Then the flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day. The term “half-staff” means lowering the flag to one-half the distance between the top and bottom of the flag pole. Just a note, if you have other flags flying with your American flag, the American flag is to always be the first flag raised and the last to be lowered.

I am originally from [another country] and would like to appropriately fly my [other country’s] flag along with my American flag. How may I fly them together so that I am adhering to our Flag Code?

The United States Flag Code states that, “When [the American flag] flown with the national banner of other countries, each flag must be displayed from a separate pole of the same height. Each flag should be the same size”. If you plan to hoist them ceremonially, the code states, “They should be raised and lowered simultaneously”. And “The flag of one nation may not be displayed above that of another nation in time of peace”.

We are getting ready to light our American flag on our 20 foot in-ground flag pole, so we may fly our flag 24/7. What is meant by “proper illumination”?

“Proper illumination” is simply a light specifically placed to illuminate the flag, which is preferred, or having a light source proportional enough to illuminate the flag so it is easily recognized.

My American and state flags are flying together on the same pole. What am I supposed to do with my state flag when the American flag is to be at half-staff?

When the American flag is to be half-staffed and you have a state flag flying beneath it, you have two options: You may lower them both, keeping the state flag below the American flag; or you may remove the state flag.

We will be flying several military flags together on our 30 foot flag pole and would like to fly them appropriately. In what order should they be displayed?

The proper order of military flags on the same pole, from top to bottom is: Army, Marine, Navy, Air Force, and then Coast Guard. Of course the United States flag must always be above all other flags and if you have a MIA POW flag, it always is placed right below the United States flag.