NATIONAL TRADESMEN DAY - Third Friday in September

NATIONAL TRADESMEN DAY – Third Friday in September


On the third Friday in September, National Tradesmen Day honors the men and women whose skills and hard work build America. And, their skills keep it running strong. The day recognizes the professionals who maintain the complex infrastructure of our roads, cities, water systems, and power grids.
While these experts work day in and out maintaining skills unique to their trade, our nation continues to operate smoothly without pause. The skills and knowledge of those in the trades keep businesses, homes, and entire nations running. Whether walls go up or come down, roads cross rivers or the water flows, electricians, plumbers, masons, mechanics, carpenters, and everyone in between ensures the job gets done.
When is National Skilled Trades Day?
Additionally, they pass on their skills to the next generation. Even though the industry changes, the need for it does not. In fact, as the country grows and qualified workers retire, the demand for skilled workers grows. Skilled trades are one of the fastest-growing sectors in the job market today. So, not only does their know-how keep the country going, but their salaries do, too. They’re a major influence on the economy. 
Their skills and jobs are so valuable, in fact, that training is available in nearly every sector of the skilled trade job market. With their hands, skills, tools, and training, they keep America running smoothly. 

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTradesmenDay

Honor a tradesman you know. If you’re interested in a skilled trade, visit to learn more. Give a shout out to the tradespeople keeping businesses and homes running smoothly. 

Show your appreciation and use #NationalTradesmenDay to post on social media.


Irwin Tools founded National Tradesmen Day in 2011 to honor the men and women who work every day with their hands to keep American running strong. Friday, September 16, 2011, was the inaugural National Tradesmen Day.

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Tradesmen FAQ

Q. Do other days on the calendar celebrate skilled trades?
A. Yes. National Skilled Trades Day, National Lineman Appreciation Day, Women in Construction Week, National Construction Appreciation Week all celebrate skilled trades.

Q. What kinds of jobs are in the skilled trades?
A. Skilled trades encompass a wide variety of jobs that require competent workers with specific skill sets. Some of those professions include:

HVAC specialists
Heavy Equipment Operator
Turbine technicians
Truck Driver
Bus driver

Q. Do skilled trades require advanced education?
A. Many skilled trades can be learned through a trade school, on the job, or through certificate programs. However, other trades require four-year degrees.

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