Folding the U.S. Flag
If you are considering transport, displaying, or presenting the U.S. flag, it is
best to do so in an honorable and aesthetically appealing manner. There are
twelve steps to folding the U.S. flag, and each fold holds its own meaning.
When folding the flag you want to make it never touches the ground. To
ensure this, it is best for at least two people to fold the flag together, or for the
flag to be folded atop a table.
Always start with the flag parallel to the ground. The stars and stripes section
represents the “top” while the stripes only section represents the “bottom”
Begin by holding the flag waist-high with another person so that its surface is parallel to the ground.
Step 1 - The Liberty Fold
The first fold in the flag stands for liberty
Fold the bottom half (stripe section) lengthwise over the field of stars, holding
the bottom (stripes) and top (stars and stripes) edges securely. The flag
should appear to have all stripes and no stars but a small portion of blue.
Step 2 - The Unity Fold
The second fold in the flag represents unity
Take the bottom with the small portion of blues and fold the flag again
lengthwise. The flag should now show both stars and stripes, with its full
length but only a quarter of its width. The new “bottom” has a complete fold
(folded edge) while the new “top” has folds and openings (open edge).
Step 3 - The Justice Fold
The third fold stands for justice
Now is the time to make a triangular fold by bringing the bottom of the striped
corner to meet the top edge of the flag.
Step 4 - The Perseverance Fold
The fourth fold symbolizes perseverance
Now that the flag resembles a trapezoid with a triangular end, fold the triangle
inward to form the second triangle. While there are now 2 triangles folded
inward, the flag should resemble a rectangle.
Continue the triangular folding process (from trapezoid to rectangle) until the
entire length of the flag is folded leaving only a “triangle pillow”.
5 -The Hardiness Fold
6 - The Valor Fold
7 - The Purity Fold
8 - The Innocence Fold
9 - The Sacrifice Fold
10 - The Honor Fold
11 - The Independence Fold
12 - The Truth Fold
Flag folding complete
When the flag is completely folded, only a triangular blue field of stars should
Now the U.S. Flag is ready to travel, be showcased, or to present.