Happy Flag Day!
Here are some tips to make sure your tribute is a respectful one:
* Display the flag only between sunrise and sunset on buildings and stationary flagstaffs.
* The flag may be displayed for twenty-four hours if illuminated in darkness.
* Do not display the flag in inclement weather.
* Whether displaying the flag vertically or horizontally, make sure the canton of stars is visible on the upper left-hand side.
* Do not let the flag touch the ground.
* The flag should be hoisted briskly and lowered ceremoniously.
* Before flying a flag at half-staff, hoist to its peak for an instant before lowering it.
* When displayed against a wall with another flag, their staffs crossed, the American flag should be on the right of the other flag (on the viewer's left), with its staff on top of that of the other flag.
* When flags of states, cities, or localities are flown on the same halyard with the United States flag, the national flag should always be at the top. No other flag should be placed above, or if on the same level, to the flag's right.
* When flags of two or more nations are displayed, they should be flown from separate staffs of equal height. The flags should be of approximately equal size.
* When the flag is displayed from a staff projecting horizontally or at an angle, the canton should be placed at the peak of the staff.
* An unusable flag that is damaged and worn and can no longer be displayed should be destroyed in a dignified way by burning.
* When not on display, the flag should be respectfully folded into a triangle, symbolizing the tricorn hats worn by colonial soldiers in the Revolutionary War.
Here are some stylish ways to celebrate Flag Day...
1 I love how the bunting looks on this porch. (Martha Stewart Living)
2 More festive flag bunting. (Martha Stewart Living)
3 The repetition pattern is so great around a white door. (Martha Stewart Living)
4 Two American classics: White Picket fence and the flag. (marthastewart.com/271536/flag-patterned-fence-swag)
5 Simple and so pretty. (Martha Stewart Living)
6 Why not top off some cupcakes with with some red, white, and blue? (Martha Stewart Living)
7 Yum! A patriotic cupcake. (marthastewart.com/271328/flag-cupcakes)
8 This tart is amazing looking. Almost too gorgeous to eat. (marthastewart.com/342186/american-flag-tart)
9 Another more sophisticated style of flag bunting. (Martha Stewart Living)
10 Decorating with flags need not be literal. Just use the colors and patterns as a jumping off point. (marthastewart.com/269195/stars-and-stripes-gazebo-trim)
11 Stars make fun tabletop decor. (marthastewart.com/272712/starry-tabletop-runner)
12 These stars have charming red, white, and blue patterns. They are so great all mixed together. (marthastewart.com/how-to/star-medallion)
13 Crisp blue napkins get their own patriotic medals. (marthastewart.com/273698/patriotic-napkin-rings)
14 Another simple and festive garland for Flag Day. (marthastewart.com/273295/red-white-and-blue-ribbon-stars)
15 Don't forget the kids' badminton set. (Martha Stewart Living)
The stars and stripes (not to mention red, white, and blue) have served as inspiration for many a designer.
Here are my favorite design accents that take their cue from our nation's famous flag...
1 1960's Stamped "Defiance" Co. framed in white-washed wood. (lizashermanantiques.com)
2 This Baccarat three stars paperweight is chic any time of year. (saksfifthavenue.com)
3 This striped SOFIA fabric would make a great tablecloth. (ikea.com)
4 A great take on the classic stars on a blue background. (burkedecor.com)
5 Welcome summer guests with crisp, red, white, and blue bed linens. (landofnod.com)
6 Even your barbecue trash can be patriotic (alicesupplyco.com)
7 These white porcelain plates are rimmed with a bright blue. Pair them with bright red napkins. Martha Stewart Collection (macys.com)
8 You can't get more American than this bed. (ralphlauren.com)
9 Love these red-and-white striped utensils. (laterrinedirect.com)
10 You can use this striped tote all season for picnics and beach trips. (etsy.com)
11 Cool blues and crisp whites are a classic American statement. (ralphlauren.com)
12 I love that you can monogram these smart-looking pails (chasing-fireflies.com)
13 Buy plenty of these napkins for Fourth of July and Labor Day. (williams-sonoma.com)
14 Does this rug remind you of anything? (madelineweinrib.com)
15 You can place this pillow on a porch or an entryway bench for when patriotism strikes you. (williams-sonoma.com)
16 The classic Adirondack chair in a flag-inspired red. (llbean.com)
17 A flag-inspired fabric makes this hammock even more inviting.(llbean.com)
18 The real thing. (homedepot.com)
19 Incorporate these little flags into your table settings. (homedepot.com)