Sweden National Day At Home And Around the U.S.A.June 1, 2018
Not quite our Presidents’ Day and not really our Independence Day, Sweden’s National Day takes place every year on June 6 in honor of Gustav Vasa’s election to king in 1523 and the country’s adoption of a new constitution in 1809.
Being halfway around the world doesn’t stop Swedes in the States from celebrating the holiday.
Want to celebrate National Day at your home? Here are some tips to get you started.
- Play, and singalong to, Sweden’s national anthem, “Du Gamla, Du Fria.”
- Fly your Sweden flag high!
- Check Skansen’s and SVT’s social media channels. Skansen, a large open-air museum, was the birthplace of National Day. In Sweden, National Day events at Skansen are broadcast, but we’re hoping we can catch a glimpse of the royals online.
- Wear a traditional Sweden costume, or, at the very least – wear some blue and yellow.
Don’t feel like celebrating at home? Check out one of the National Day celebrations around the country.
This celebration is held on June 3 at the Norwegian Seaman’s Church in San Francisco. Tickets are $20, and you can expect music, prayer and speeches.
The Swedish-American Chamber of Commerce-Georgia, the Swedish Consulate of Atlanta and SWEA are hosting a Sweden Day celebration at Magnolia Hall in Piedmont Park on June 6. Our favorite, Ulrika, will be performing during the evening of networking, hors d’oeuvres and entertainment.
The American Swedish Historical Museum is hosting National Day celebrations on June 6. Guests can enjoy free admission, Swedish treats and tours of the museum.
Houston is celebrating National Day a few days early on June 3. Join the local SACC chapter in its celebrations – but don’t forget to get your tickets!
Did we miss one in your area? Let us know by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll update our list and share it in the comments on social media.