Flag Display Order Precedence

Flag Display Order Precedence

Flag displays are an important part of many military and civilian ceremonies. Have you ever wondered why the flags are arranged the way they are?  Flag displays are meticulously positioned to follow a specific order of precedence.
 
 


When multiple flags are flown together, the following is the proper flag display order of precedence:

  1. United States flag
  2. Foreign country flags in alphabetical order
  3. Flag of the President of the United States of America
  4. Individual state flags. The host state flag is first, followed by others in the order of their admission to the union:

1 – Delaware
2 – Pennsylvania
3 – New Jersey
4 – Georgia
5 – Connecticut
6 – Massachusetts
7 – Maryland
8 – South Carolina
9 – New Hampshire
10 – Virginia
11 – New York
12 – North Carolina
13 – Rhode Island
14 – Vermont
15 – Kentucky
16 – Tennessee
17 – Ohio
18 – Louisiana
19 – Indiana
20 – Mississippi
21 – Illinois
22 – Alabama
23 – Maine
24 – Missouri
25 – Arkansas
26 – Michigan
27 – Florida
28 – Texas
29 – Iowa
30 – Wisconsin
31 – California
32 – Minnesota
33 – Oregon
34 – Kansas
35 – West Virginia
36 – Nevada
37 – Nebraska
38 – Colorado
39 – North Dakota
40 – South Dakota
41 – Montana
42 – Washington
43 – Idaho
44 – Wyoming
45 – Utah
46 – Oklahoma
47 – New Mexico
48 – Arizona
49 – Alaska
50 – Hawaii
 
5. United States territories (Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, etc. in alphabetical order)
6. Military flags by order of service:

    • Army flag
    • Marine Corps flag
    • Navy flag
    • Air Force flag
    • Coast Guard flag

7. Military organizational flags

  • From highest to lowest ranking
  • Alphabetical or numerical order within equal ranks

8. Individual flags in order of rank
9. Other