Days to Fly the American Flag

While the flag can (and often should) be displayed daily from sunrise to sunset, the Heart of Texas Veterans Memorial lists the following as patriotic days of display, and with the POW/MIA flag and the Texas state flag. Six Flags Over Texas↙

Jan 1 New Year’s Day
Jan 16 End of Operation Desert Shield 1991↗.
Jan 17 Beginning of Operation Desert Storm 1991↗.
Jan 19 Texas Confederate Heroes Day↗.
Jan 20 Inauguration Day (every 4 years)
Jan 3rd Monday Martin Luther King Jr. Day born 15 Jan 1929 died 4 Apr 1968.
Jan 27 Paris Peace Accords to End Vietnam War↙ in 1973.
Jan 28 Modern US Coast Guard Birthday↙ The Modern US Coast Guard established in 1915.

Feb 1 National Freedom Day. 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution aka Black freedom day.
Feb 3 Four Chaplains Day↙. Commemorates the anniversary of the sinking of US Army transport Dorchester and subsequent heroism of these men.
Feb 12 Lincoln’s Birthday born 12 Feb 1809 died 15 Apr 1865.
Feb 3rd Monday Washington’s Birthday aka President's Day. President George Washington, first president of the United States from 1789 to 1797, born 22 Feb 1732 died 14 Dec 1799.
Feb 23 Iwo Jima flag raised by US Marines 1945↗.
Feb 28 End of Operation Desert Storm 1991↗.

Mar 2 Texas Independence Day in 1836, declared independence from Mexico.
Mar 6 Texas The Battle of the Alamo Day in 1836.
Mar 15 American Legion Birthday 1919.
Mar 20 Start of Operation Iraqi Freedom 2003↗.
Mar 25 Congressional Medal of Honor Day.
Mar 27 US Navy Birthday↙ The US Navy established in 1794.
Mar 27 Texas The Goliad Massacre Day in 1836.
Mar 29 Vietnam War Ends in 1973↗.

Easter Sunday (date varies) The USA is a Christian Nation that celebrates that our Christ was risen from the dead.
Apr 6 Army Day↙. US entry into WW1 1917↗.
Apr 15 American Tax Day.
Apr 19 Marking the “shot heard round the world” that signified the start of the Revolutionary War↗.
Apr 21 Texas The Battle of San Jacinto Day in 1836.
Apr 30 US Dept of the Navy Birthday↙ The US Dept of the Navy established in 1798.

May 1 to May 31 Military Appreciation Month↗ is May.
May 6 National Day of Prayer. Annual observance was enacted in 1952.
May 8 V-E Day in 1945↗. WW2 victory in Europe.
May Friday before Mother's Day Military Spouses Appreciation Day
May 2nd Sunday Mother’s Day
May 2nd Saturday to 3rd Saturday Armed Forces Week
May 3rd Saturday Armed Forces Day↗, and flown with POW/MIA flag.
May 22 National Maritime Day
May 28 National Poppy Day↙, American Legion.
May the last Monday Memorial Day↗. From sunrise until noon, the flag is to fly at half-staff to honor our fallen veterans. From noon until sunset, it is to be flown full-staff to honor those still with us, and flown with POW/MIA flag.

Jun 3 US Army Birthday↙ The US Army established in 1784.
Jun 6 D-Day↗ 1944. Allies assault on Normandy France during WW2.
Jun 14 Flag Day and Continental Army Birthday↙ The Continental Army established in 1775, US Flag adopted 1777. Fly US Flag with POW/MIA flag.
Jun 19 Texas Juneteenth in 1865 a Black freedom celebration.
Jun 3rd Sunday Father’s Day
Jun 30 Modern US Marine Corps Birthday↙ The modern US Marine Corps established in 1834.

Jul 4 Independence Day since 1776↗. Fly US Flag with POW/MIA flag.
Jul 11 US Marine Corps Birthday↙ The US Marine Corps established in 1798.
Jul 27 National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day in 1954↗.

Aug 2 Gulf of Tonkin Vietnam 1964, Beginning of Operation Desert Shield 1991↗.
Aug 4 US Coast Guard Birthday↙ The US Coast Guard↗ established in 1790.
Aug 7 National Purple Heart Day↗ to honor those who protected our freedom.
Aug 7 The War Dept Birthday↙ The Department of War established in 1789.
Aug 14 National Navajo Code Talker Day↗.
Aug 15 V-J Day Japan surrenders in 1945↗.
Aug 27 Texas Lyndon B. Johnson Day

Sep 1st Monday is Labor Day
Sep 2 V-P Day in 1945↗. WW2 victory in Japan and aka V-P Day Victory in the Pacific.
Sep 5 Texas Sam Houston President of Texas Day in 1836.
Sep 11 Patriot_Day↗. A National Day of Prayer and Remembrance for the Victims of the Terrorist Attacks on September 11, 2001, the flag is to fly at half-staff to honor the victims.
Sep 17 Constitution Day aka Citizenship Day. Constitution signed in 1787.
Sep 18 US Air Force & US Army Depts Birthday↙ The US Air Force & US Army Departments established in 1947.
Sep 3rd Friday National POW/MIA Recognition Day↗, and flown with POW/MIA flag.
Sep 29 VFW Day↗. Birthday in 1899.

Oct 2nd Monday Columbus Day
Oct 7 Start of Operation Enduring Freedom 2001↗.
Oct 11 Columbus Day
Oct 13 Continental Navy Birthday↙ The Continental Navy established in 1775.
Oct 23 Beirut U.S. Marine Barracks Bombing 1983↗.
Oct 25 Grenada Invasion 1983↗.
Oct 27 Navy Day↗.
Oct 28 Texas The Battle of Concepcion Day in 1835.

Nov 1 to Nov 30 Military Family Appreciation Month
Nov 1st Tuesday Election Day
Nov 10 Continental Marines Birthday↙ The Continental Marine Corps established in 1775.
Nov 11 Veterans Day↗. Originally WW1 Armistice Day at 11th hour 11th Day 11th Month of 1918, became Veterans Day in 1954. U.S. Flag flown with POW/MIA flag.
Nov 4th Thursday Thanksgiving Day. As President of the United States, George Washington proclaimed the first nationwide thanksgiving celebration in America marking November 26, 1789, "as a day of public thanksgiving and prayer, to be observed by acknowledging with grateful hearts the many and signal favours of Almighty God".

Dec 7 Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day↙ In solemn remembrance of the “day that shall live in infamy,” the flag is to fly at half-staff from sunrise until sunset.
Dec 13 National Guard Birthday in 1636↗.
Dec 15 Bill of Rights Day
Dec 20 Panama Operation Just Cause 1989↗.
Dec 25 Christmas Day. The USA is a Christian Nation that celebrates the birth of our Savior.
Dec 26 Cold War Victory Day in 1991↗, the Supreme Soviet of the Soviet Union meets and formally dissolves the Soviet Union. The Cold War began 1 Jan 1947.
Dec 29 Texas Statehood in 1845 became 28th state in the Union.

Do your best to honor the US stars and stripes by following these American Flag Code↙ rules:
Do not fly the flag in inclement weather or at night (see Flag Code for exceptions).
Do not fly a damaged flag.
Do not fly any flags larger or higher than the American flag. They can be of an equal size.
Do not allow the flag to touch the ground.
Fly the flag at the peak of the staff unless circumstances require it be flown at half-staff.

The Texas Flag Code↙ was first adopted in 1933 and completely revised in 1993. The following is a summary of the rules concerning the proper display of the Texas flag:
Flown out-of-doors, the Texas flag should not be flown earlier than sunrise nor later than sunset unless properly illuminated. It should not be left out in inclement weather unless a weatherproof flag is used. It should be flown with the white stripe uppermost except in case of distress.
When the flag is displayed against a wall, the blue field should be at the flag's own right (observer's left).
When the flag is displayed vertically, the blue stripe should be uppermost and the white stripe should be to the state flag's right (observer's left). The state flag should be flown on all state holidays and on special occasions of historical significance, and it should fly at every school on regular school days.
If the state and national flags are both carried in a procession, the national flag should be on the marching right (observer's left) and state flag should be on the national flag's left (observer's right). If the state and national flags are displayed from crossed staffs, the state flag should be on the national flag's left (observer's right) and behind the national flag's staff.
No flag other than the national flag should be placed above or, if on the same level, to the state flag's right (observer's left). The state flag should be underneath the national flag when the two are flown from the same halyard.
When flown from adjacent flagpoles, the national flag and the state flag should be of approximately the same size and on flagpoles of equal height, and the national flag should be on the flag's own right (observer's left). The state flag should neither be flown above the flags of other U.S. states, nations and international organizations on the same flagpole, nor be flown from a higher adjacent flagpole.
The state flag should never be used for any utilitarian or strictly decorative purpose. No advertising should be placed upon the flag or flagstaff, and no picture of the flag should be used in an advertisement. When the state flag is in such condition that it is no longer a suitable emblem for display, it should be destroyed, preferably by burning.



Four Chaplains Day is celebrated on February 3 every year in recognition of four Army chaplains who acted in the spirit of heroic sacrifice and humanitarianism onboard a sinking ship.

It was 1943 and the U.S.A.T. Dorchester was sailing across the Atlantic ocean, packed to capacity. Tragedy struck when a German submarine fired a torpedo at the ship, sinking it and killing the hundreds who were onboard.

The Four Chaplains on board the ship were Reverend George L. Fox of the Methodist faith, Jewish Rabbi Alexander D. Goode, Father John P. Washington of the Catholic faith, and Reverend Clark V. Poling from the Dutch Reformed Church. Many witnesses remember their courage, support, and prayers for the many distressed people onboard. They offered their life jackets to four people in need and as a consequence had to remain on the sinking ship, comforted only by the thought of their actions and the fact that they were going to meet their Maker soon.

In recognition of their valor and guided by non-discrimination against anyone based on their religion, the Four Chaplains Memorial Foundation was set up as a way of promoting interfaith unity and a spirit of service among individuals. The U.S. government awarded them the Purple Heart and Distinguished Service Cross medals in 1944. They were also nominated for the highest military honor, the Medal of Honor, but because they had not engaged in active combat with the enemy, they did not qualify for it. Congress, therefore, created a ‘Special Medal for Heroism’ as an honorable substitute.

Since the bombing took place on February 3, 1943, many military organizations and clubs across the country observe Four Chaplains Day, and in 1998, a senate resolution was passed to recognize the 55th anniversary of the incident making Four Chaplains Day official.


Army Day can be traced back to a little-known Defense Test Day, which was observed only twice: once in 1924 and once in 1925. Congress then disallowed any further observances of this day. In response, the Military Order of the World War under Colonel Thatcher Luquer established Army Day. Army Day was first celebrated on May 1, 1928. That date was chosen in hopes of dampening Communists' celebration of Workers' Day, which also occurs on May 1. But, starting in 1929, Army Day was changed to April 6, the anniversary date of the United States' entry into World War I.

Army Day was established as a nationwide observance to draw public attention to national defense and to acquaint the public with Army activities. In addition, the day was used to stress the need for military preparedness, which the nation had lacked as it entered earlier major conflicts. "The failure to make adequate preparation for the inevitable struggle, the consequent suffering from disease and death entailed upon the armies which were hastily raised, the prolongation of the conflict far beyond the time which sufficient and equipped forces would have required for victory, and the heavy costs of reconstruction" were caused by the lack of preparation of the nation.

On April 4, 1936, President Roosevelt issued a proclamation that Army Day be recognized by Congress as April 6 and observed nationwide. On March 1, 1937, Congress passed Resolution 5-75 which officially recognized Army Day. Army Day was last observed nationally on April 6, 1949.


The red poppy is a nationally recognized symbol of sacrifice worn by Americans since World War I to honor those who served and died for our country in all wars. It reminds Americans of the sacrifices made by our veterans while protecting our freedoms.