You can customise the date format.
Americans, be aware that in Europe we do not use the MM.DD.YYYY format but DD.MM.YYYY. Hence a more neutral - and understandable by all - format would be DD Month YYYY.
Also have a look on the Beta version of the Dataform date field wish on the feedback site:
A very good example now working with datepicker and the [[date <date> format="..." ]] tag!