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St. David's Day in the United States

Many Americans of Welsh origin annually celebrate the life of Wales’ patron saint, St David on March 1. It is also a time to people to remember the Welsh culture and to appreciate their Welsh origins. The Welsh flag is often seen during celebrations on the day, as well as daffodils or leeks pinned to clothing.

Flag of Wales
The Welsh flag is often seen on St David's Day.
The Welsh flag is often seen on St David's Day.

What Do People Do?

Many people with Welsh ancestry or ties celebrate St David’s life and the Welsh culture in the United States. Some people may attend a special St David’s Day church service while others may cook a nice meal to share with friends or family. Meals may include herbed lamb chops, Welsh pot bread, or Caerphilly Crumble.

Many groups may organize special events or parties that may include carrying the flag of Wales, dressing in traditional costumes, and wearing daffodils or leeks on clothing. The Welsh flag, a red dragon on a white and green background, is displayed prominently and a festive mood prevails.

Public Life

St David's Day is not a public holiday in the United States. However, it is a day of celebration so some community groups, schools, and businesses may have a special program for the day.


St David is the patron saint of Wales. He plays a very important role in Welsh culture but little is known about his life. St David's Day was recognized officially as the national day for people of Welsh origin in the United States in 2003. The Empire State Building was floodlit in the Welsh national colors, which are red, green and white, on March 1 that year. An article on St David’s Day in the United Kingdom covers more information about St David’s Day’s origins and symbols.

St. David's Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday TypeWhere It is Observed
MonMar 12010St. David's DayObservance 
TueMar 12011St. David's DayObservance 
ThuMar 12012St. David's DayObservance 
FriMar 12013St. David's DayObservance 
SatMar 12014St. David's DayObservance 
SunMar 12015St. David's DayObservance 
TueMar 12016St. David's DayObservance 
WedMar 12017St. David's DayObservance 
ThuMar 12018St. David's DayObservance 
FriMar 12019St. David's DayObservance 
SunMar 12020St. David's DayObservance 

Quick Facts

Many Welsh communities in the United States celebrate the life of their patron saint, St David, and their links with Wales on St David’s Day.

St. David's Day 2018

Thursday, March 1, 2018

St. David's Day 2019

Friday, March 1, 2019


Name in other languages

St. David's DayEnglish
Día de San DavidSpanish
יום דוד הקדושHebrew
عيد القديس ديفيدArabic
세인트 데이비드의 날Korean
Sankt Davids dagNorwegian
St. David's DayGerman

List of dates for other years

Other holidays in March 2019 in the United States

United Nation Holiday on March 1, 2019

World Holiday on March 1, 2019

Fun Holidays on March 1, 2019

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