How to Rig a Flag to a Pole

Updated July 20, 2017

Displaying a flag is a popular way to mark national holidays of celebration and remembrance. In the United States, flags are widely displayed on Independence Day, Memorial Day and Veterans Day, on Flag Day and on the birthdays of Lincoln and Washington. Whether you only fly the flag on special days or make it a point to hoist it daily, correctly attaching a flag to a flagpole is important if you want to easily raise and lower the flag and keep it flying freely.

Attach the halyard (rope) to the flag pole if it isn't already attached by running the rope through the truck, or pulley, on the top of the pole, and the cleat, or bottom part of the pole.

Attach snaps to halyard before you knot it to form a loop. Do this by putting a loop of the halyard through the eye (or bottom of the snap) and then putting the loop over the top of the snap. Once the loop is over the top, pull it tight. Be sure to place two snaps on the halyard--one each for the top and bottom corners of the flag. Accordingly, the snaps should be placed at an appropriate distance from one another so you can attach to the flag without bunching either the flag or the halyard.

Knot the halyard so that it forms a loop.

Clip the snaps through the appropriate holes in the top and bottom corners of the flag.

Hoist the flag briskly.


Every time you raise and lower the flag, be sure to check the condition of the halyard. The halyard will become worn and frayed over time, so replacing one before it breaks is a priority.


Do not use the flag itself to complete the halyard loop (don't attach each end of the halyard to the flag instead of independently tying the ends together and using snaps). According to, no strain should be on the flag itself--it should be on the halyard. If done incorrectly, the constant pulling on the flag will tear it.

Things You'll Need

  • Flagpole
  • Halyard (rope)
  • Snaps
  • Flag
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Katie Halpin works as a part-time freelance writer for Demand Studios where she specializes in subjects like history, government and animals. She worked for two years as a content editor and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Emmanuel College in Boston.