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.
  • Jan 1 New Year’s Day
  • 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 Texas The Goliad Massacre Day in 1836.
  • Mar 28 Vietnam War End 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 WWI 1917.
  • Apr 15 American Tax Day.
  • Apr 21 Texas The Battle of San Jacinto Day in 1836.
  • 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. WWII 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 with POW/MIA flag.
  • May 22 National Maritime Day
  • May 28 National Poppy Day, American Legion. 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.
  • 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 with POW/MIA flag.
  • Jun 6 D-Day 1944. Allies assault on Normandy France during WWII.
  • Jun 14 Flag Day and Army Birthday US Army in 1775, US Flag adopted 1777. And with POW/MIA flag.
  • Jun 19 Texas Juneteenth in 1865 a Black freedom celebration.
  • Jun 3rd Sunday Father’s Day
  • Jul 4 Independence Day in 1776. And with POW/MIA flag.
  • Jul 27 National Korean War Veterans Armistice Day in 1954.
  • Aug 2 Gulf of Tonkin Vietnam 1964, Start of Operation Desert Storm 1990, Invasion of Kuwait Operation Desert Shield 1990.
  • Aug 7 National Purple Heart Day to honor those who protected our freedom with blood.
  • Aug 14 USCG Birthday in 1790. 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. WWII 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, commemorating the first battles of the American Revolutionary War, and since 2002 in memory of the people killed in the September 11 attacks of the year 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 Air Force Birthday in 1947.
  • Sep 3rd Friday National POW/MIA Recognition Day. And 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 Navy Birthday in 1775.
  • Oct 23 Beirut 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 USMC Birthday in 1775.
  • Nov 11 Veterans Day. Originally WWI Armistice Day at 11th hour 11th Day 11th Month of 1918, became Veterans Day in 1954. And 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".
  • Nov 30 Southwest Asia Victory Day in 1995. Desert Shield and Desert Storm conflicts.
  • 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 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.
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