In order to fly a US flag at night, you will need to properly illuminate the flag. Some flags should never fly during bad weather.
Most people believe you are not allowed to fly the stars and stripes at night. However, this is only partly true. According to the US Flag Code, all American flags should be displayed from sunrise to sunset every day. Lowering the flag at night is an ultimate sign of respect for Old Glory.
But like many rules, there is an exception. You can keep your flag flying 24-hours if it is properly illuminated during all hours of darkness. But what exactly is “proper illumination?” The American Legion interprets that as a light source that is specifically placed to light up the flag at night. The light must be bright enough that the US flag is recognizable by the casual observer passing by.
What about flying an American flag during inclement weather? The Flag Code says typically American flags should NOT be displayed during bad weather, unless you are flying an all-weather flag. This will ensure your flag remains in good condition for a longer period of time.
If you are not sure if your flag is suitable for all-weather, a nylon or non-absorbent material will do. We offer special outdoor American flags in a variety of materials, including a durable nylon to make sure your flag keeps flying for as long as possible. But, if a storm leaves your flag unfit to continue flying, make sure you follow proper flag disposal etiquette.