Star-Spangled Standard

Jul 1 2013

by Erika Preval

Broad Stripes & Bright Stars – Social Primer by K. Cooper Ray

Independence Day, commonly referred to as the Fourth of July, is an American holiday commemorating the adoption of the Declaration of Independence. During celebrations on July 4th, you’re certain to hear the country’s national anthem – The Star-Spangled Banner. There are certain rules and courtesies to keep in mind while listening to this patriotic tune. To be certain you’re primed when it’s played on Independence Day or at the next sporting event, follow this bit of decorum:

Stop – Upon the first note of The Star-Spangled Banner, all movement (e.g., walking and texting) should cease. Hats worn by civilian men should be removed with the right hand. That hat should then be placed over the gentleman’s left shoulder; right hand covering the heart (the salute).

Look – While standing at attention, and with your right hand covering your heart (no, that isn’t just for the Pledge of Allegiance) turn to face the flag. If there’s no flag within view, please face the direction of the music. The salute is held until the last note of the anthem is heard.

Listen – Do show respect by remaining silent, ending all conversations, when The Star-Spangled Banner is played – even if you are from another country. Likewise, when visiting another country, please show reverence to their national anthem by demonstrating this same courtesy. If the occasion is deemed appropriate, feel free to sing along, with reverence.

Interested in the beautiful bow tie featured above? Simply click on the link beneath the photo and it will take you right over to Social Primer. I’d love to see a photo of you, or the man in your life, wearing your new dandy!

Wishing you a safe and Happy 4th of July filled with all the charm of patriotic fanfare!




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Erika Preval is a Certified Etiquette Consultant in Atlanta, Georgia and contributing writer for The Southern Coterie and Southern Living. Through her company, Charm Etiquette, she conduct experiential events that ensure leadership and social skills in youth and young adults, as well as adult-only events known as Social Studies: Finishing School for Adults. With Charm, she's put a modern spin on manners that makes each event both fun and relevant for guests.

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2 responses on “Star-Spangled Standard

  1. erikapreval Post author

    Thank you, ladies!
    Alison: I was fortunate to purchase Broad Stripes & Bright Stars from a store in Athens before they sold out! It shipped today – can’t wait!
    Nicole: How are things in VA? Headed back to GA soon? Would love to see you.

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