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[UPDATED: September 27, 2017]

Independence Day is a time when Americans across the country proudly display Old Glory everywhere, from their front lawns to their car doors. Lots of cities even have parades that welcome local citizens to participate by decorating their vehicles or towing floats. If you want to join in the festivities, don’t hesitate to display the American flag in all its red, white, and blue glory. Pickup, hatchback, SUV—it doesn’t matter what you drive, as long as you do it safely and decorate respectfully. The same goes for motorcycles. Whether you have a beat up old Harley or a brand new chopper, invest in some cheap motorcycle insurance so you can ride in your local parade safely.

Before you head out, however, know that there are some very important rules for correctly displaying the American flag on non-military vehicles. Brush up on your flag etiquette before the Fourth of July so you can display the stars and stripes respectfully.

How to Display the American Flag on a Car

Do:

• Mount a single U.S. flag either a) on the center of the roof, or b) on the passenger side.
• Adjust flags in the post holes of the bed of a pickup truck so they are the same size and height.
• Always fly the U.S. flag in the center of a row of other flags.
• Attach the flagstaff firmly to the chassis or right fender.

Don’t:

• 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.)

How to Display the American Flag on a 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.
• If two or more flags are angled, always angle them out to the same degree.
• Mount two flags on a rear fender leaning out at the same angle, with the cloths parallel to each other facing to the rear of the motorcycle.

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.)

About Service Flag Etiquette

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

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