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Heads Up: Independence Day Is a Flag Holiday

Do you own an American flag? If so, you should consider displaying it on Independence Day. In the United States, Independence Day is considered a flag holiday. You can display the American flag in front of your home or business all 365 days of the year. For flag holidays like Independence Day, however, it’s particularly important to display the American flag.

What Is a Flag Holiday?

A flag holiday is a day of the year on which it’s considered especially customary to display the American flag. There are several dozen flag holidays, many of which correspond with traditional holidays. According to the U.S. Flag Code, the American flag should be displayed on all days, assuming the weather calm and inclement. But the U.S. Flag Code further states that the American flag should especially be displayed on flag holidays.

Examples of flag holidays include the following:

  • Independence Day
  • New Year’s Day
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Birthday
  • Easter
  • Memorial Day
  • Flag Day
  • Navy Day
  • Veterans Day
  • Christmas
  • Thanksgiving
  • Mother’s Day
  • Armed Forces Day

Why Independence Day Is a Flag Holiday

Independence Day is a flag holiday because of its significance in shaping our country’s history. Held annually on July 4, Independence Day is a federal holiday that commemorates the United States’ independence from Great Britain. July 4, of course, was when the Declaration of Independence was signed. Congress approved the Declaration of Independence declaring that the United States was a separate and independent territory on July 4, 1776.

To commemorate the signing of the Declaration of Independence, July 4 is recognized as a federal holiday, Independence Day. As a result, Independence Day is considered a flag holiday. You can display the American flag on all days of the year. For flag holidays like Independence Day, though, it’s especially customary to display the American flag.

Tips for Displaying the American Flag on Independence Day

When displaying the American flag on Independence Day, make sure it’s clean. If your American flag is dirty, you may need to wash it. Most American flags can be hand-washed. Using warm water and mild dish soap, you can clean your American flag before displaying it.

You should choose the right place to display the American flag as well. If you intend to keep it up at night, you should choose an area for your American flag where it’s illuminated. You can use solar lights or garden lamps, for instance, to illuminate your American flag.

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