Ideas for Flying Old Glory on July 4th

Pro tip: Don't shoot your fireworks at the flag!

By Lisa Kaplan Gordon

Here are some patriotic ways to add to your landscape this Independence Day, plus tips on flag-flying etiquette.

Independence Day is a good time to pump up your respect for Old Glory and show your home pride. So proclaim your patriotism with one of the flagpoles and accessories below. But first, check your HOA rules and ask your local zoning board about any height or setback restrictions.

Flag set: Get started displaying Old Glory with this complete set that includes a 3-by-5-foot U.S. flag, 6-foot steel pole, gold eagle ornament, and mounting bracket with screws. ($10)

Spinning flagpole: Here’s a new twist on old flagpoles: One that spins to keep your flag from twisting around the pole on windy days. The top half of the aluminum pole spins freely and eliminates the need for an anti-wrap sleeve. ($20)

Commercial grade solar-powered flagpole light: If you fly your flag at night, illuminate it with this solar-powered light that produces 60 lux (equivalent to the light available on an overcast day) and lasts 6 to 12 hours. It mounts to flagpoles 1 to 3 inches in diameter. ($105)

DIY flagpole: Making your own 20-foot flagpole is easier than it sounds. It will cost about $57 in parts, plus the cost of the wood or pipe you use for the pole, and concrete for the foundation. Anchor Flag and Flagpole shows you how.

Flag etiquette

To ensure that you fly your flag respectfully, here are some flag etiquette basics:

  • Whenever you fly more than one flag on the same flagpole, the U.S. flag should fly above the rest.

  • Ordinarily, the flag is flown from sunrise to sunset. If you fly it at night, it should be illuminated.

  • When you lower the flag, don’t let it touch the ground or any other object.

  • When a flag is worn and no longer fit to fly, it should be burned in a dignified manner.

Lisa Kaplan Gordon is an avid gardener, a member of the Fairfax County Master Gardeners Association, and a builder of luxury homes in McLean, Va. She’s been a Homes editor for Gannett News Service and has reviewed home improvement products for AOL.

Visit for more articles like this. Reprinted from with permission of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION OF REALTORS®.

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