National Tartan Day in the United States
National Tartan Day is a US observance on April 6 each year. It commemorates the Scottish Declaration of Independence, from which the American Declaration of Independence was modelled on. It also recognizes achievements of Americans of Scottish descent.
What Do People Do?
National Tartan Day parades occur in major cities such as New York on or around April 6. These parades often feature bag-pipe bands playing Scottish music and people dressed in kilts with tartan patterns that represent their Scottish clans. Special award events are also held on Tartan Day, often organized by groups such as the American Scottish Foundation.
The Scottish Declaration of Independence was signed on April 6, 1320. The American Declaration of Independence was, in fact, modelled on this particular document. Almost half of the signers of the American Declaration of Independence were of Scottish descent.
The US Senate Resolution on National Tartan Day was passed on March 20, 1998. From that point onward, National Tartan Day was designated as a day for all Americans, particularly those of Scottish descent, on April 6 each year.
Tartan clothing is often worn by Scottish Americans taking part in National Tartan Day.
National Tartan Day Observances
|Weekday||Date||Year||Name||Holiday Type||Where it is Observed|
|Tue||Apr 6||2010||National Tartan Day||Observance|
|Wed||Apr 6||2011||National Tartan Day||Observance|
|Fri||Apr 6||2012||National Tartan Day||Observance|
|Sat||Apr 6||2013||National Tartan Day||Observance|
|Sun||Apr 6||2014||National Tartan Day||Observance|
|Mon||Apr 6||2015||National Tartan Day||Observance|
|Wed||Apr 6||2016||National Tartan Day||Observance|
|Thu||Apr 6||2017||National Tartan Day||Observance|
|Fri||Apr 6||2018||National Tartan Day||Observance|
|Sat||Apr 6||2019||National Tartan Day||Observance|
|Mon||Apr 6||2020||National Tartan Day||Observance|
Quick FactsNational Tartan Day is annually observed on April 6 to honor the major role that Scottish Americans played in the founding of the United States of America.
National Tartan Day 2016Wednesday, April 6, 2016
National Tartan Day 2017Thursday, April 6, 2017
Name in other languages
|National Tartan Day||English|
|Día Nacional del Tartán||Spanish|
|격자 무늬의 날||Korean|
Other holidays in April 2016 in the United States
- Pascua Florida Day – Friday, April 1, 2016
- Pascua Florida Day – Saturday, April 2, 2016
- National Library Workers' Day – Tuesday, April 12, 2016
- Thomas Jefferson's Birthday – Wednesday, April 13, 2016
- Father Damien Day – Friday, April 15, 2016
- Emancipation Day – Saturday, April 16, 2016
- Tax Day – Monday, April 18, 2016
- San Jacinto Day – Thursday, April 21, 2016
- Oklahoma Day – Friday, April 22, 2016
- Passover (first day) – Saturday, April 23, 2016
- Confederate Memorial Day – Monday, April 25, 2016
- State Holiday – Tuesday, April 26, 2016
- Administrative Professionals Day – Wednesday, April 27, 2016
- Take our Daughters and Sons to Work Day – Thursday, April 28, 2016
- Orthodox Good Friday – Friday, April 29, 2016
- Last Day of Passover – Saturday, April 30, 2016