National Tartan Day

national_tartan_day.jpgAmericans of Scottish descent have played a vibrant and influential role in the development of the United States. From the framers of the Declaration of Independence to the first man on the moon, Scottish-Americans have contributed mightily to the fields of the arts, science, politics, law, and more. Today, over eleven million Americans claim Scottish and Scotch-Irish roots -- making them the eighth largest ethnic group in the United States. These are the people and accomplishments that are honored on National Tartan Day, April 6th. . However not until 1997 was this influence recognized by a single-year U.S. Senate Resolution that appeared in the Congressional Record of April 7, 1997. In 1998 National Tartan Day was officially recognized on a permanent basis when the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 155 recognizing April 6th as National Tartan Day. This was followed by companion bill  House Resolution 41 which was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives on March 9, 2005. The passage of this bill was due to the work of the  National Capital Tartan Committee, Inc., and president James Morrison.



That date commemorates the signing of the Declaration of Arbroath in 1320, which asserted Scotland's sovereignty over English territorial claims, and which was an influence on the American Declaration of Independence.



Canada has been celebrating "National Tartan Day" since 1993. The idea and motivation for creating a similar American holiday was provided by the Scottish Coalition, a group of national Scottish- American cultural organizations.

 

Saint Andrew's LA celebrates National Tartan Day with a gathering of Members for dinner and festivities at the Tam O' Shanter in Los Feliz.

 

 

BRIEF HISTORY OF TARTAN DAY

 

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U.S. Senate Resolution 155 was passed on Monday March 20, 1998, and designated every April 6th as "National Tartan Day"

 

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Tartan Day Resolution Presentation Ceremony: The Scottish Coalition presented the original U.S. Senate Resolution 155 to the College of William and Mary during a special ceremony on September 25, 1999.

 

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Members of the National Capital Tartan Day Committee outside the U.S. Capital on March 9th, 2005, when House Resolution 41 was passed by the U.S. House of Representatives.

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