Flag Folding

Folded Flag

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

Step Two

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

Step three

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

Step 4

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

Step 5

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.


Step 5-12

Step 6

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

Step 7

When the flag is completely folded, only a triangular blue field of stars should
be visible.
Now the U.S. Flag is ready to travel, be showcased, or to present.


Useful links:

Click here to learn about flag etiquette

Click here to learn how to properly care for your flag

Click here to learn how to properly retire your flag