Days of Importance for Flag Display

Including those at Half Staff:


January 1 - New Years Day

3rd Monday in January - Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Day

January 20 (Once Every Four Years) - Inauguration Day


February 12 - Lincoln’s Birthday

3rd Monday in February - President’s Day

March / April



April 6 - Army Day

3rd Monday in April - Patriot’s Day (Not to be Confused with Patriot Day)


May 15 (Half Staff) - Peace Officers Memorial Day

2nd Sunday in May - Mother’s Day

3rd Saturday in May - Armed Forces Day

Last Monday in May (Half Staff Until Noon) - Memorial Day


June 14 - Flag Day

3rd Sunday in June - Father’s Day


July 4 - Independence Day

July 27 - Korean War Veterans Day


1st Monday in September - Labor Day

September 9 - California’s (Birthday) Admission as 31st State to the United States of America

September 11 (Half Staff) - Patriot Day

September 17 - Constitution Day


1st Sunday in October (Half Staff) - Start of Fire Prevention Week

2nd Monday in October - Columbus Day

October 27 - Navy Day


1st Tuesday After 1st Monday in November - Presidential Election Day

November 11 - Veterans Day

4th Thursday in November - Thanksgiving Day


December 7 (Half Staff) - Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day

December 25 - Christmas Day

And those days proclaimed by the President of the United States, Birthdays of States, State & Local Holidays, & Election Days.


Other Days Flag is to be Flown at Half Staff:

For 30 days - Death of a president or former president.

For 10 days - Death of a vice president, Supreme Court chief justice/retired chief justice, or speaker of the House of Representatives.

From death until the day of interment - Supreme Court associate justice, member of the Cabinet, former vice president, president pro-tempore of the Senate, or the majority and minority leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives. Also for federal facilities within a state or territory, for the governor.

On the day after the death - Senators, members of Congress, territorial delegates or the resident commissioner of the commonwealth of Puerto Rico.

Further, the flag is always flown at half-staff at four locations in the United States. These locations are Post Cemetery at Mackinac Island in Michigan, Punchbowl in Honolulu, the Gettysburg National Cemetery, and Arlington National Cemetery.

Emerson Flag Display Days