Every 4th of July, Americans across the country proudly display Old Glory’s stars and stripes, from their front lawn to their car door. If you’re taking part in an Independence Day parade, or simply want to show your patriotism, follow these flag etiquette dos and don’ts as you decorate your car, pickup, hatchback, SUV, or motorcycle.

How to Fly the American Flag From Your Truck or Car

Do:

  • Mount a single U.S. flag with the canton, or rectangular area at the top hoist, facing forward either a) on the center of the roof, or b) on the right, passenger side.
  • Fly the U.S. flag in the center of a row of other flags.
  • Attach the flagstaff firmly to the chassis or right fender.
  • Adjust flags in the post holes of the bed of a pickup truck so they are the same size and height.

Don’t:

  • Fly any other flag higher than the American flag.
  • Fly the flag at half-staff.
  • Fly any other flag larger than the American flag. (Flags of equal size are acceptable.)
  • Fly the flag upside down, except as a signal of dire distress.
  • Let the flag touch the ground.

How to Fly the American Flag From Your Motorcycle

Do:

  • Mount a single flag standing straight up either a) on the center of the rear fender or b) on the driver’s right side.
  • Mount two flags on the rear fender leaning out at the same angle, with the cloths parallel to each other facing to the rear of the motorcycle.
  • If two or more flags are angled, always angle them out to the same degree.

Don’t:

  • Mount the flag on the driver’s left side.
  • Fly the flag at half-staff.
  • Fly any other flag higher than the American flag.
  • Fly any other flag larger than the American flag. (Flags of equal size are acceptable.)

Military Flags Order of Precedence

If you’re flying other flags alongside the U.S. flag, you may wonder what order they should be in. Military service flags should be lined up in the following order, always lower than the U.S. flag:

  1. U.S. Army
  2. U.S. Marine Corps
  3. U.S. Navy
  4. U.S. Air Force
  5. U.S. Coast Guard
  6. U.S. Merchant Marine
  7. U.S. Army National Guard
  8. U.S. Army Reserve
  9. U.S. Marine Corps Reserve
  10. U.S. Naval Reserve
  11. U.S. Air National Guard
  12. U.S. Air Force Reserve
  13. U.S. Coast Guard Reserve

Whether you’re displaying the flag on Independence Day, Labor Day, Veterans Day, Memorial Day, Armed Forces Day, or another United States public holiday, following these flag etiquette rules as outlined in the U.S. flag code, will help ensure you are properly handling and displaying the U.S. flag on your car, motorcycle, or truck.

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