Independence Day is nearly here, and if you’re in Texas, you’re probably gearing up with all things red, white, and blue. But before you stock up on those American flag-themed paper plates and T-shirts, you might want to pause. You could be stepping into a Flag Code violation!

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Yep, it’s true. The United States Flag Code, approved by President Franklin D. Roosevelt in 1942, is pretty clear about how Old Glory should be treated, and many Texans might not be aware they’re breaking the rules, especially around the Fourth of July.


So, What’s the Big Deal?

The Flag Code is all about respect. One of its key guidelines is that the flag should never touch the ground and should never be displayed with the union down, unless signaling distress.

Here are some dos and don’ts to keep your Texas celebration respectful and patriotic:

Flag-Themed Decor and Clothing:

  • The flag shouldn’t be used as clothing, bedding, or drapery.
  • Avoid using the flag as a ceiling covering.
  • Don’t use the flag to carry or deliver anything.
  • Steer clear of flag prints on paper napkins, plates, or anything meant to be thrown away.
  • No part of the flag should be part of a costume or athletic uniform, except for military personnel, firefighters, police officers, and members of patriotic organizations who can wear flag patches on their left lapel near the heart.

Displaying the U.S. Flag:

  • When hanging the flag on a wall, lay it flat to avoid folds.
  • If suspending it over a street, hang it with the union facing north or east based on the street direction.
  • Never display the flag with the union down unless in distress.
  • Ensure the flag doesn’t touch the ground when hung.
  • When on a staff with other flags, the U.S. flag must be at the top.
  • No other flag should fly above or to the right of the U.S. flag, except at the United Nations headquarters.
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So, Texans, as you prep for your Independence Day shindig, keep these guidelines in mind to show your patriotic spirit the right way! Happy Fourth of July!

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