A Guide to Displaying the American Flag with Pride
Flying the American flag is a sign of patriotism, courage and values. Whether you’re hanging a flag on your front porch or flying it on a towering 100′ flagpole, choosing the right size and material is crucial to a proper display.
The general rule of flag selection is that the length of your flag should be at least 1/4 the height of your flagpole. For instance, a 12′ flagpole requires a 2-foot x 3-foot flag, while a 20′ flagpole needs a 3′ x 5′ flag. Most residential, wall mounted flagpoles are 5 or 6 feet long and made for a 2′ x 3’ or 3′ x 5′ nylon flag.
But what about larger flagpoles? A 25′ flagpole calls for a 4′ x 6′ or 5′ x 8′ flag, while a 40 to 45′ flagpole requires a 6′ x 10′ or 8′ x 12′ flag. As flagpole height increases, so does the recommended flag size.
In addition to size, material is another important factor to consider. Nylon flags are lightweight and durable, making them an excellent choice for outdoor use. Polyester flags are also durable and can withstand harsh weather conditions, while cotton flags offer a traditional look and feel but are not as durable as other materials.
Curious about different materials? Get help choosing here!
When it comes to displaying the American flag, it’s important to choose a high-quality flag and display it with pride. But don’t be fooled. The American Flag is one of the most reproduced. Chinese knockoffs are everywhere.
Pledge Project is a determined member of the Flag Manufacturing Association of North America. Look for the FMAA logo on the tag of your new flag. That’s your guarantee the flag is American Made.
Did you Know?
The current design of the American flag, with 50 stars and 13 stripes, has been in use since 1960. It was designed by Robert G. Heft, a high school student from Ohio, who submitted the design as part of a class project.
As John F. Kennedy once said, “The flag does not represent mere sentiment, but an actual nation, a Constitution, and a way of life.” So, when it comes to displaying the American flag, choose a size and material that represents your pride in our nation and our way of life.