In 1777, the Continental Congress made an important design decision: “Resolved, that the flag of the United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white; that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation.” It’s a color scheme we still honor today.
To fly a star-spangled banner on the Fourth of July (or any other day), you’ll need a flagpole. We’ve rounded up 10 poles to consider, in two styles: wall-mounted (to fly a flag against the facade of a house) and in-ground (a freestanding flagpole you can site anywhere in the garden).
N.B.: For in-ground installation, a flagpole should be anchored in a ground sleeve (typically made of a length of PVC pipe), surrounded by cement and dry sand. Depth may vary depending on the height of a flagpole; a 20-foot flagpole, for instance, should be in a two-foot-deep hole. A metal collar, set at ground level, encircles the pole. For more information about installation, see Gettysburg Flag Works.