How to Fold a Flag

June 14, 2013 | By | Comments (2)

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Fly your American flags high, because today–June 14–the country celebrates both Flag Day and the US Army’s 238th birthday. In honor of the holiday, learn how to fold the stars and the stripes into a traditional triangle when it’s not on display.

1. Start by holding the flag parallel to the ground, at waist-level, making sure to keep it nice and taut.

2. Fold it in half, length-wise, so that the Union (that’s the part with the stars) faces the ground.

3. Now fold it in half again. The stars should now face out from both sides of the flag.

4. Now you’re ready to start folding the triangles. While your partner holds the flag taut, take the left-hand corner on the end opposite from the stars and fold it up on top of the flag so that the edge is parallel to the right-hand side. The stripes should now run perpendicular to each other, forming a triangle.

5. Now take the outermost point of the triangle’s edge, and fold it over the flag. Continue to do this until the stripes meet the stars. Try to make the folds as tight as possible.

6. Tuck the remaining flap into the slot formed between the stars and stripes.

7. You now have a perfectly folded flag that will fit neatly in any drawer.

See a step-by-step video on how to fold an American flag.


  1. Brad E Wakeman

    One final comment is to make sure that no red or white from the stripes is visible after tucking in the final section. Also, this is the only way a flag should be stored. Other than that, excellent instructions! I was a Boy Scout and am a member of a military family so I’ve learned this first-hand. :-)

    June 15, 2013 at 1:19 pm
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