2018 Recognized Days for Flying U.S. Flag Including days flying at half-staff

The U.S. Flag may be displayed on any day of the year. Here are the days it is particularly appropriate to display the flag—including those days the U.S. Flag is flown at  half-staff.

Sunday January 1st  -  New Year’s Day

Monday January 16th  -  Martin Luther King Day  (traditionally the 3rd Monday in January)

Sunday February 12th  -  Lincoln’s Birthday

Monday February 20th  -  President’s Day  (traditionally the 3rd Monday in February)

Sunday April 16th  -  Easter Sunday

Sunday May 14th  -  Mother’s Day  (traditionally the second Sunday in May)

Monday May 15th  –  Peace Officers Memorial Day  half-staff all day

Saturday May 20th  -  Armed Forces Day  (celebrated on the third Saturday in May)

Monday May 29th  -  Memorial Day  half-staff until Noon  (traditionally last Monday in May)

Wednesday June 14th  -  Flag Day  (commemorating the adoption of the U.S. Flag in 1777)

Sunday June 18th  -  Father’s Day  (traditionally the 3rd Sunday in June)

Tuesday July 4th  -  Independence Day

Monday September 5th  -  Labor Day  (traditionally the 1st Monday in September)


Tuesday September 11th  -  Patriot Day  half-staff all day

Monday September 17th  -  Constitution Day and Citizenship Day

Sunday September 30th  -  Gold Star Mother’s Day  (traditionally the last Sunday in September)

Sunday October 7th  -  Firefighters Memorial Day  half-staff all day

Monday October 8th  -  Columbus Day  (traditionally the 2nd Monday in October)

Tuesday November 6th – Election Day

Sunday November 11th  -  Veterans Day – Observed Monday November 12th

Thursday November 22nd  -  Thanksgiving Day  (traditionally the 4th Thursday in November)

Friday December 7th  -  Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day  half-staff all day

Tuesday December 25th  -  Christmas Day

Days recognizing individual military branches

Members of a particular branch of the military, or anyone wanting to honor that branch of service, may fly their U.S. Flag on that designated day. Three of the five branches of our U.S. military still have established days of recognition—as in Coast Guard Day, Navy Day and Marine Corps Day. However, there is confusion as to what days are recognized as an Army Day and Air Force Day. It seems that these branches each once had their own individual day of recognition. However, on August 31, 1949, Secretary of Defense Louis Johnson announced the creation of an Armed Forces Day to replace the separate Army, Navy, Marine Corps and Air Force Days. Armed Forces Day in the month of May was established as a single day celebration by the unification of the Armed Forces under the newly formed Department of Defense.

Yet, since then, three of the branches have still maintained their own individual day of recognition:

Saturday August 4th  –  Coast Guard Day  (a set day commemorating the founding in 1790)

Saturday October 27th  -  Navy Day  (established in 1922 on birthday of Theodore Roosevelt)

Saturday November 10th  –  Marine Corps Day  (established in 1775; always November 10th)

Additional resources of information

Click on the links below

Wikipedia website – Flag of the United States

U.S. Army Insignia website – United States Flag Etiquette

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