How To Celebrate Tartan Day

Celebrated on April 6th every year, Tartan Day commemorates the Scottish heritage and the achievements of the people of Scottish descent around the world. While Tartan Day is a celebration for those of Scottish descent, anyone can and should enjoy the holiday.


There are lots of things to do in New York City, where Tartan Day is celebrated all week with a variety of events. On April 4th, attend a cocktail reception at the New York Tennis and Racquet Club and learn more about Scotland and what brought descendants to North America. Tickets are required  but are available for sale to all. The New York Tartan Day parade on April 6th features pipers, drummers, highland dancers. The parade begins at 2pm at 44th Street and 6th Avenue. Click here to learn more or register to join in the parade. There are pre- and after-parties taking place, so you can make Tartan Day an all weekend event!


Also in New York for the 13th year is the Scotland Run 10k around Central Park.  The run is open to everyone and is a great event for serious and fun runners alike. Wear your tartan and if you choose not to run, cheer the runners on while dancing to the tunes of the bagpipes.

In South Carolina, Tartan Day South Celtic Festival is an annual event taking place around National Tartan Day and celebrating Celtic Heritage with 4 events in 4 days across 4 cities. Begin your weekend on Thursday the 4th with a “Tartan Day South Kickoff Party” in Columbia and don’t stop until the “Kirkin’ of the Tartans on the River” concert on Sunday afternoon in West Columbia. You and your family may also enjoy the “Celtic Commotion” music and exhibits in Lexington, where you can learn more about Scottish culture, music and arts.  Make sure you don’t miss the main event, “The Highland Games and Celtic Festival”, on Saturday the 6th in Cayce, immediately followed by “Drumsmoke” a drum circle, to close the events.

On the West coast,
the St. Andrew’s Society of Los Angeles is hosting a Kilt Krawl on Sunday, April 7th, starting at Tam O’Shanters. You’ll start at this classic restaurant and then work your way through bars and restaurants, fully decked out in your Tartan gear!


These are just a few of the big events going on throughout the country so google Tartan Day to learn what is happening near you.


And, of course, no matter how you choose to celebrate, include your favorite Scottish cookies, Walkers Shortbread. Our cookies, featuring tartan print boxes, and still made in the Highlands of Scotlands, are the perfect treat for your Tartan Day festivities.