• Jace Shoemaker-Galloway

Tweed Day

April 3 is Tweed Day. Like many non-traditional holidays, the origins of this particular holiday are unknown. But what makes this special day a bit more unusual is that no one is quite sure what the annual event celebrates.

Boss Tweed

Some believe Tweed Day recognizes the infamous senator-turned-crook, William “Boss” Tweed, who was born on this day in 1823. Considered the “poster boy” for political corruption, he was the wealthiest and most powerful politician at the time. Even to this day, Tweed is still considered one of the most notorious politicians in American history. It is estimated he stole up to $200 million of public money, which was a heck of a lot of dough back in the day. He endured several stints in the slammer, and died in jail in 1878.

Tweed Fabric

For some, Tweed Day celebrates the rough, woolen twill material often used in apparel and accessories originating from Scotland. Rumor has it Sherlock Holmes,James Bond and Professor Henry Jones of Indiana Jones, frequently wore tweed.

And speaking to Tweeds, Tweed Day could also celebrate the curvaceous 1982 Playboy Playmate, actress and reality-star, Shannon Tweed, right? The beautiful celeb finally married long-time boyfriend and notorious bachelor, Gene Simmons. The couple have two children.

How to Celebrate Tweed Day

  • Get your tweed on by sporting tweed today.

  • Visit the Tweed Museum of Art – Yes, there really is one.

  • Take a listen to Tweed Music, the “psychedelic combination dream melting jam, funk, electronica and experimental rock.” Yep.

  • Listen to the "uplifting" tune by Bob Dylan, Tweedle Dee & Tweedle Dum.

  • Speaking of music, visit the Tweed River Music Festival.

  • Learn how tweed is made.

  • Visit the River Tweed, famous for its salmon fishing.

  • Learn about the Tweed Water Spaniel, a breed of dog that has been extinct since the 1800s.

Happy Tweed Day! April 3 is also World Party Day!