It is disrespectful to display an American flag when it is faded, worn or torn.
An outdoor American flag can be laundered in a mild detergent by hand or with the delicate setting on a washing machine.
Indoor flags and those used in parades should be dry cleaned. Some dry cleaning businesses offer free dry cleaning of American flags during the months of June and July.
Flags can also be repaired so long as the dimensions of the flag are not distorted or noticeably altered. When a flag becomes unfit for display, it is necessary to replace it.
Check to see if your local VFW or American Legion accepts American flags for ceremonial burning.
Follow flag burning etiquette to burn your flag in a respectful manner. More information on the Department of Defense website.
Contact the American Legion for additional information on flag etiquette and disposal.