Porches With Patriotic Appeal

Flying our country's flag never goes out of style any time of year, and there are also lots of patriotic holidays to celebrate by decorating your front porch. Whether it's the actual flag, buntings, or red-white-and-blue decorative accessories, patriotic porches appeal to our sense of home and comfort!
If you choose to fly Old Glory, here are a couple of flag-flying etiquette reminders:
1. When flying the American flag at night, remember it must be lit directly. That means it must have a light shining directly upon it. Light from your porch lights do not suffice. I used a solar spotlight to shine on a relative's flag that she flies at night. Just make sure it is bright enough to light the flag.
2. If using small American flags on dowels on your porch, in your yard, or in your landscaping, make sure they do not touch the ground or foliage. Treat them in the same manner as you would a full-sized American flag. The flag should fly free, unencumbered.
3. When hung on your porch wall, the union should be at the top and to the viewer's left (or the flag's own right).
4. The American flag should never be used as a decoration. Red, white, and blue striped bunting was made for this reason. On bunting, the blue stripe should be at the top.
Porch with patriotic spirit from many flags.
A single bunting with a flag decorates a smaller porch.
A large, stately porch decked out with multiple buntings.

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