What Size Flag Should I Purchase? When Should I Fly My American Flag?

Bureau of Administration

Generally a 3' x 5' flag is ideal for display outside of your home.  Some prefer a slightly smaller flag such as a 2' x 3'.   These numbers are the best flags for outdoor use.

 

 

Flags

 

 

The appropriate size flag for display outdoors is determined by the type of flagpole, the length of the flagpole, and the number of flags being flown simultaneously on that pole.  When flying multiple flags on the same flagpole, the lower flag(s) should generally be one size smaller than the main/upper flag.

 

Warning: Flags of different sizes are designed to be flown from different poles.  Suggested flag sizes on this site do not represent a warranty that the flag size shown may be safely flown in all wind speeds and/or locations. Personal injury, flagpole damage, or property damage can occur when flying oversized flag(s) or flying flag(s) in higher winds than is recommended by your flag pole manufacturer. 

 

 

Pole Height
Flag Size
Pole Height
Flag Size
15'
3'x5'
50'
8'x12'
20'
3'x5'
60'
10'x15'
25'
4'x6'
65'
10'x15
30'
5'x8'
70'
12'x18'
35'
5'x8'
80'
12'x18'
40'
6'x10'
90'
15'x25'
45'
6'x10'
100'
15'x25'

 

 

When should I fly my American Flag?

 

 

The following is a list of traditional flag flying days:

 

New Year's Day
Independence Day
January 1
July 4
Inauguration Day
Korean War Veterans Day
January 20
July 27
Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Labor Day
3rd Monday in January
1st Monday in September
Lincoln's Birthday
Patriots Day
February 12
September 11
Washington's Birthday
Constitution/Air Force Day
February 22
September 17
President's Day
Columbus/Native American Day
3rd Monday in February
October 17
Mothers Day
Navy Day
2nd Sunday in May
October 27
Peace Officers Day
Election Day
May 15
1st Tuesday in November
Armed Forces Day
Marine Corps Day
3rd Saturday in May
November 10
Memorial Day
Veteran's Day
Last Monday in May
November 11
Flag Day
Thanksgiving Day
June 14
4th Thursday in November
Father's Day
Pearl Harbor Day
3rd Sunday in June
December 7

 

 

Weather permitting, display your American Flag every day! US flags should always be flown on national and state holidays and other days as proclaimed by the President of the United States. Proper Flag Etiquette should always be observed.