How to Properly Fold a Flag

Displaying the U.S. flag is an excellent way to express patriotism and show support both indoors and outdoors. However, there are certain occasions when you’ll need to take down your flag and store it for safe keeping. In this guide, our team here at Glendale Parade Store will teach you how to properly fold your U.S. flag for safe and secure storage. Read on to learn more, and shop official covers, rifles, flags right here in our online store!

About the U.S. Flag

The U.S. flag can be flown from sunrise to sunset during any day of the year, weather permitting. It can also be displayed at night with proper illumination. When not in use, the U.S. flag should be properly folded into a three-corner configuration. This configuration is emblematic of the three-corner hats worn by colonial soldiers during the Revolutionary War. Learn how to fold your U.S. flag properly in the following section.

Folding the U.S. Flag

Folding the U.S. flag is a relatively simple process that should be performed each time the flag is taken down and stored. It takes at least two people to fold the U.S. flag, depending on the size of the flag in use. During folding, the flag should be held at waist level with its surface parallel to the ground. Because the U.S. flag is not allowed to touch the ground at any time, it should always be held securely.

Begin the folding process by folding the flag in half lengthwise, bringing the striped side over the canton, the blue field of stars. Fold the flag lengthwise again, this time bringing the canton to the outside.

Once you have folded the flag lengthwise twice, make a triangular fold at the striped end, bringing the folded edge over to meet the open edge. Fold the outer point up, parallel to the open edge, to form a second triangle. Continue folding the flag in this manner until you have reached the final triangular fold. This final fold will have successfully folded the red and white stripes into the blue field. Some say this is symbolic of the day’s light vanishing into the darkness of night.

As a final step, tuck the remaining flag flap into the pocket formed between the stars and stripes. Store your flag in a cool, dry area and take care while unfolding. Remember, at no point should your U.S. flag touch the ground, so always hold it securely while folding and unfolding.

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Need assistance with your U.S. flag? Our professionals here at Glendale Parade Store can help with everything from folding and flag replacement, to accessories, storage solutions and much more. To get in touch with a member of our team, contact us here. For more helpful guides on flag folding and other ceremonial protocol, visit our online library of helpful information.