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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.

Is National Tartan Day a Public Holiday?

National Tartan Day is not a public holiday. It falls on Saturday, April 6, 2019 and most businesses follow regular Saturday opening hours in the United States.

Bagpipers at Tartan Day Parade, New York City
Bagpipe players at a National Tartan Day parade in New York.
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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.

Background

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.

Symbols

Tartan clothing is often worn by Scottish Americans taking part in National Tartan Day.

National Tartan Day Observances

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2010TueApr 6National Tartan DayObservance 
2011WedApr 6National Tartan DayObservance 
2012FriApr 6National Tartan DayObservance 
2013SatApr 6National Tartan DayObservance 
2014SunApr 6National Tartan DayObservance 
2015MonApr 6National Tartan DayObservance 
2016WedApr 6National Tartan DayObservance 
2017ThuApr 6National Tartan DayObservance 
2018FriApr 6National Tartan DayObservance 
2019SatApr 6National Tartan DayObservance 
2020MonApr 6National Tartan DayObservance 

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