Flagpole Guidelines and Flag Etiquette

Flagpole Guidelines and Flag Etiquette

On June 22, 1942, and later amended on December 22, 1942, Congress passed a joint resolution that outlines the U.S. Flag Code. This code explains proper flag etiquette, on everything from when, where, and how you should fly an American flag, and most importantly, how citizens should behave around the Stars and Stripes.

Aside from proper flag etiquette, did you know there are also general guidelines for flagpole heights? From a handheld stick flag to an oversized flag that covers an entire football field, American flags come in a variety of sizes.

The flag of the United States is the emblem of our identity as a sovereign nation, which the United States of America has been for more than 200 years. Therefore, a certain amount of attention is required when selecting a flagpole, and certain guidelines must also be followed.

Before purchasing a flagpole, always check for local ordinances, neighborhood association covenants, building codes, and insurance policy concerns regarding flagpole installation in your area. Below are the general guidelines for flagpole height.

Small home flags:

  • 3 x 5-foot American flag– 15 to 20 feet high flagpole
  • 4 x 6-foot American flag– 20 to 25 feet high flagpole

Medium-sized flags:

  • 5 x 8-foot American flag– 25 feet high flagpole
  • 6 x 10-foot (up to 8 x 12 foot) American flag– 40 to 45 feet high flagpole
  • 8 x 12-foot (up to 10 x 15 foot) American flags – 50 feet high flagpole

Large, commercially flown flags:

  • 10 x 15 or 10 x 19 American flags – 60 to 65 feet high flagpole
  • 10 x 19, up to 12 x 18 feet American flags – 70 to 80 feet high flagpole
  • 20 x 38 and 30 x 50 American flags – 90 to 100 feet high flagpole.

Generally, your flagpole should be at least 5’-10’ taller than your surroundings to avoid wind blockage and provide the best visual impact.

Installation of Flagpoles

The type of installation you select is influenced by your location, local ordinances, restrictions, and the look you desire for your display. The options available for your flagpole installation include:

  • Ground Set
  • Shoe Base
  • Hinge-Base
  • Wall-Mount

There are also guidelines to follow with each installation type. For instance, Ground Set installation is the most common form, and 10% of the flagpole's height must be embedded below ground in a concrete foundation. With a Shoe Base installation, an above-ground installation is typically required, and proper hardware must be used to support the structure. No matter which installation process you choose for your flagpole, always ensure you have the appropriate hardware and mounting material.

Flags, Flagpoles and Accessories

From a handheld stick flag to oversized flags that cover football fields, American flags come in a variety of sizes. The United States Flag Code suggests appropriate sizes flagpoles for all of these various sized American flags. Use this guide to ensure your flagpole matches your flag!

Knowing the general guidelines around the height of a flagpole versus size of the American flag, ensures you’re properly flying, and honoring your flag. If you’re interested in a Fortisvex flagpole, visit us online and find the right one for your home! 

Nov 13th 2019

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