Today is Flag Day, (an offshoot of Independence Day designed to celebrate our nation's um... flag), and we are encouraged to prominently display our country's true colors. But since today is looking really gloomy with potential for storms, do we fly the flag anyway? There are a lot of rules governing the display of Old Glory in Public Law 829, "The Flag Code". One of which states
Sec. 6. -- Time and occasions for display
The flag should not be displayed on days when the weather is inclement, except when an all-weather flag is displayed.
So if you've got a weather-friendly flag, go ahead and hoist it up. Since we are mourning the loss of President Reagan, the flag should fly at half staff. The proper way to hoist your flag in this case
The flag, when flown at half-staff, should be first hoisted to the peak for an instant and then lowered to the half-staff position. The flag should be again raised to the peak before it is lowered for the day.
Until just recently, Flag Day was a state holiday in Pennsylvania. Flag day has seemed to lose steam recently and it seems when you inform someone that it's flag day the response is always, "Oh, really?" and then a look of confusion. While there may be extreme disagreement with what is going on with respect to our country and it's leaders at the moment, Gothamist feels we should still honor our flag and what it represents, even if it's fricken raining.