How to Properly Fold Old Glory

Andrew Greeson

Category: Creative

06.30.2014

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Independence Day is this Friday and Americans everywhere will be flying the nations colors outside their homes in celebration of the famed federal holiday. While it is widely accepted that this holiday is an occasion of which to enjoy backyard cookouts and fireworks festivities, a lesser-known detail that is commonly overlooked is the proper care and treatment of the American Flag, specifically the folding of Old Glory. So at sunset before you head out to enjoy the fireworks display, be sure to follow these simple instructions we have put together on how to appropriately fold the stars and stripes, your inner Boy Scout will be very appreciative.


 

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Step 1:
Hold the flag waist high with a partner being sure to rotate it so the the surface of the flag is parallel to the ground.


 

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Step 2:
Fold the flag lengthwise in half by bringing the lower and upper corners of the flag together.


 

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Step 3:
Repeat the previous step by folding the flag lengthwise again, making sure that the field of stars are visible on the left side.


 

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Step 4:
A.) Bring the striped corner at the bottom of the flag up to meet the top edge, forming a small triangle at the right side.
B.) Fold the newly formed small triangle over itself, leaving it pointing inwards towards the field of stars.
C.) Continue the triangular folding style.


 

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Step 5:
When the entire length of the flag is folded only the blue field of stars should be visible, finish by tucking the remaining piece into the folds of the triangle.

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