Flag Policy


On Monday, March 11, 2024, the City of Greenfield Mayor's Office officially instituted a flag policy. It is as follows: 

  1. Purpose

The purpose of this chapter is to establish guidelines for the display by the City of Greenfield (the “City”) in front of City Hall on the town common of 1) flags of governments recognized by the federal government, and 2) other flags.

  1. Policy

It is the policy of the City that flags of the United States, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the POW/MIA flag, and/or the City flag shall be displayed in conformance with applicable federal, state, and local laws, as stated in the federal "Our Flag" publication of the Congress, House Document No. 96- 144 and Chapter 2, §§ 6, 6A of the Massachusetts General Laws. The Mayor’s Office shall be responsible for ensuring the proper execution of this policy.

  1. Special Occasions of Federal, State, and Local Proclamation

Flags in front of City Hall shall be displayed in accordance with the above standards, with the following exceptions:

  1. The Mayor may order flags to be lowered to half-staff, including, but not limited to, flags of the United States of America and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in honor of the death of a City employee killed in the line of duty, or in observance of a specific event or circumstance.
  2. Pursuant to the proclamation of the Mayor or resolution of the City Council, other flags may be flown by the City in place of the United States Flag.


  1. Other Flags

The City’s flagpoles are not intended to serve as a forum for free expression by the public. The following flags may be displayed by the City as an expression of the City’s official sentiments:

  1. Flags of government recognized by the United States. Flags of government recognized by the United States may be displayed upon the proclamation of the Mayor or by resolution of the City Council
  2. Flags displayed in conjunction with official events or ceremonies as announced by mayoral proclamation or City Council resolution. By proclamation of the Mayor or resolution of the City Council, other flags may be displayed at official City events or ceremonies.
  3. The City will endeavor to display other flags by proclamation or order of the Mayor or resolution by the City Council for a period of five business days unless requested for a longer or shorter time by the requestor. In no circumstances will another flag be flown for more than 30 calendar days.