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How to Fold an American Flag: Step By Step US Flag Folding Instructions

The flag of the United States is made to specific proportions, therefore we can always fold it the same unique way and it will come out the same, no matter what size it is.

Steps for Properly Folding the American Flag

Step 1.) Begin by holding the flag waist-high with another person so that its surface is parallel to the ground:

Step 2.) Fold the flag in half twice, width-wise:

     1st Fold:

     2nd Fold:

Step 3.) Beginning at the striped end, fold one corner into the opposite side of the flag, forming a triangle :

Step 4.) Repeat this triangular folding until only a small strip of the star field shows :

Step 5.) Tuck this strip into the triangle:

Once you've reached this final triangular shape, your American flag is folded correctly!

You can find another helpful diagram describing how to properly fold an American flag here.

Other US Flag Folding Tips

  • Flag etiquette states that the flag should never touch the ground or floor. This applies even when it is being folded. Keep the flag from touching the ground while folding!
  • When making the two width-wise folds, be sure to keep the stars on the outside. If you do this, you will have a triangular field of stars when you are finished folding the flag.

Need Help Folding Your Flag Properly?

We know that for some people, honoring the flag and the loved ones it represents by folding it properly can feel like a daunting task. It's not something you want to do incorrectly!

If you'd like your American flag folded professionally, we can help you with that! Our team of flag experts would be happy to assist you in ensuring that your flag is properly folded in accordance with US Flag Code. You can learn more about our flag folding services here.

What To Do With Your American Flag Once It Is Folded

Once properly folded, there are a variety of things you can do with your American flag!

  • Put your flag on display in a beautiful memorial flag case so it can be enjoyed in its folded form.
  • Looking to store your American flag after folding it? We recommend using a plastic storage cover to store your American flag safely and protect it while it's put away.

Looking for More Insight About Properly Caring For and Displaying Your American Flag?

We've got you covered! Our flag experts have put together a number of flag etiquette resources that cover everything from displaying your flag correctly to properly retiring or disposing of your flag.

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