Celebration of Tartan Day approved by the US Senate
In 1998 the US Senate designated 6 April each year as Tartan Day in recognition of the monumental achievements and invaluable contributions made by Scottish Americans.
Tartan Day is a celebration of Scottish heritage which takes place on April 6th each year. This date was chosen because it marks the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, an important event in Scottish history that asserted Scotland’s sovereignty over English territorial claims, and was a significant influence on the American Declaration of Independence.
Tartan Day is most prominently celebrated in countries with large populations of Scottish descendants, such as the United States, Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The day is an opportunity for those of Scottish heritage to celebrate their cultural history and ancestry. Events typically include parades, Highland dancing, Scottish music performances, and, of course, the wearing of tartan, the plaid pattern that is a symbol of Scottish identity.
In the United States, Tartan Day was officially recognized in 1998, while in Canada, it was recognized in 2010. The celebration offers a chance for people to honor and learn about Scottish history, traditions, and the contributions of Scots and their descendants to the culture and history of the nations they now inhabit.