Flying the Canadian Flag On July 1st

If you’re getting ready to celebrate this Canada Day in style, your backyard décor or front yard decorations will most likely include at least one Canadian flag. After all, it is the main symbol of our country and one that’s hard to avoid on Canada’s birthday. But is installing a flagpole your only option? While there are no official laws regarding how the national flag should be hung, there are protocols that must be observed. Here are some easy tips for flying the flag at home on July 1st.

Dignity of the Canadian Flag

The most important rule is to treat the flag with respect. This includes the following:

  • not using the flag as a seat cover (sat on) or tablecloth (items placed on top of it)
  • nothing pinned to it or sewn on it
  • shouldn’t be signed or marked in any way
  • hung so that it’s not touching the ground (can’t fly freely)
  • carried so that it’s not dragging on the ground or in danger of being dropped

Displaying the Canadian Flag

The national flag of Canada should be prominently flown. When displaying provincial or flags from another country along with the Canadian flag our national flag should be larger or the same size as the other flags. Remember to hang the Canadian flag at the same height as any other accompanying flag. When flown, it should be by itself on its own pole.

Horizontal/Vertical Display

Hang the flag from a window (exterior), roof eaves, porch overhang, or balcony or on siding. When hanging a Canadian flag horizontally, the points of the maple leaf should be up and the stem down. When hung vertically, the points of the leaf should be on the left side and the stem on the right. Ensure the method of mounting the flag doesn’t pierce or harm the fascia, window trim, or siding. Also, hang a vertical flag so that it doesn’t get snagged on the gutters.

Instead of a Flagpole

Use a flag bracket to display the Canadian flag on your property – it’s a great alternative to having to commit to a more permanent flagpole. You can attach the bracket to an exterior wall of your house, by the entryway, a porch post, windowsill, or a balcony.