When to Fly Your American Flag in 2016: A Complete List

by Simon Villeneuve      March 24, 2016


“If anyone, then, asks me the meaning of our flag, I say to him - it means just what Concord and Lexington meant; what Bunker Hill meant; which was, in short, the rising up of a valiant young people against an old tyranny to establish the most momentous doctrine that the world had ever known - the right of men to their own selves and to their liberties. –Henry Ward Beecher

This quote from Henry Ward Beecher sums up the reason why Americans fly their flags many days each year. It’s their chance to show national pride and respect to those who’ve lost their lives defending America’s freedom and democracy.

It’s tradition that on certain days each year, you should fly the American flag at your business or home at full staff (at the summit of your pole) while other days it’s proper to fly at half-staff (below the summit of your pole, usually half way). This is because, when there has been a national tragedy, either on the day of the tragedy or in remembrance of a day in the past, you’ll fly your flag at half-staff.

For example, on Patriot Day, Memorial Day, Peace Officer’s Memorial Day, Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day, the President of the United States has declared all flags be flown at half-staff. Most recently, on December 7, 2016, President Barack Obama declared all flags be flown at half-staff honoring the victims of the attack in San Bernardino, California.

Show your support of our country by proudly flying your flag in 2016. If you have an American flag at home or at your business, it should be should be flown every day—especially on the national holidays and state birthdays listed below.

And, now you don’t have to forget! Add the Holidays in the United States to your Google Calendar or iCal so that you’ll never miss a patriotic opportunity to raise your flag. Or, bookmark this article (Bookmark This Page) and reference the complete list of Holidays in the United States, and State Birthdays below.

National Holidays 2016

State Birthdays

The following dates are when our states became apart of the federal government. Fly your American and State flags on their anniversary into statehood and remember your heritage.

  • Georgia: January 2, 1788
  • Alaska:January 3, 1959
  • Utah: January 4, 1896
  • New Mexico: January 6, 1912
  • Connecticut: January 9, 1788
  • Michigan: January 26, 1837
  • Kansas: January 29, 1861
  • Massachusetts: February 6, 1788
  • Oregon: February 14, 1859
  • Arizona: February 14, 1912
  • Ohio: March 1, 1803
  • Nebraska: March 1, 1867
  • Florida: March 3, 1845
  • Vermont: March 4, 1791
  • Maine: March 15, 1820
  • Maryland: April 28, 1788
  • Louisiana: April 30, 1812
  • Minnesota: May 11, 1858
  • South Carolina: May 23, 1788
  • Rhode Island: May 29, 1790
  • Wisconsin: May 29, 1848
  • Kentucky: June 1, 1792
  • Tennessee: June 1, 1796
  • Arkansas: June 15, 1836
  • West Virginia: June 20, 1863
  • New Hampshire: June 21, 1788
  • Virginia: June 25, 1788
  • Idaho: July 3, 1890
  • Wyoming: July 10, 1890
  • New York: July 26, 1788
  • Colorado: August 1, 1876
  • Missouri: August 10, 1821
  • Hawaii: August 21, 1959
  • California: September 9, 1850
  • Nevada: October 31, 1864
  • North Dakota: November 2, 1889
  • South Dakota: November 2, 1889
  • Montana: November 8, 1889
  • Washington: November 11, 1889
  • Oklahoma: November 16, 1907
  • North Carolina: November 21, 1789
  • Illinois: December 3, 1818
  • Delaware: December 7, 1787
  • Mississippi: December 10, 1817
  • Indiana: December 11, 1816
  • Pennsylvania: December 12, 1787
  • Alabama: December 14, 1819
  • New Jersey: December 14, 1787
  • Iowa: December 28, 1846
  • Texas: December 29, 1845

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