5 Tips for Flag Etiquette

Happy Fourth of July from your friends at the Boathouse Lakeside Bar & Grill! This weekend will be filled with fun events, fireworks and great food, and you can find the best food at the Lake of the Ozarks here at the Boathouse! At this time of year over 66% of Americans will display the American flag and over $3.6 million are spent on flags. Here are a few tips for how to treat the flag as you hang it proudly at your business or home.

1. Displaying

The flag should be lighted at all times, either by sunlight or an appropriate light source. The American flag also must be displayed higher than any other flags it may be displayed with.

2. Keep it in Good Repair

You should keep your flag cleaned and mended when necessary. When a flag is so worn that is it no longer fit to display the symbol of our country is should be destroyed by burning in a dignified manner.

3. Raising and Lowering

The flag should be raised briskly and lowered slowly and ceremoniously. The flag is also saluted as it is hoisted and lowered, and the salute is held until the flag is unsnapped or through the last note of the music, whichever is the longest. The flag must not touch the ground or any other object, and it should be received by waiting hands and arms.

4. Storing your Flag

Your flag should be kept in a place where it will not get dirty. You can cover it with acid-free paper. You should also store your flag in a dark place, sunlight and ambient light can face the colors and break down the fabric. You should also store your flag flat.

5. Folding your Flag

Start by folding the flag lengthwise so the striped bottom covers the stars. Then fold the flag lengthwise a second time make sure the blue field stays on the outside. Fold the lower striped corner (along the folded edge) up to the top (open) edge of the flag, forming a triangle. Fold the upper point of the diagonal edge so that the striped end of the flag is once again vertical. Continue folding in the triangular way down the length of the flag. Stop folding the triangles when one last square remains, then fold down the top corner of the end of the flag and tuck it into the pocket.

When you display your flag this weekend, we hope these tips will help! Don't forget to make the Boathouse part of your celebration! We have the best breakfast at the Lake of the Ozarks that you can enjoy this weekend before your festivities start up. Cool off in our beautiful lakefront pool where you can enjoy the best waterfront restaurant at the Lake of the Ozarks! Come by and see us!

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