National Tartan Day on April 6th honors the Scottish heritage flowing through the United States.

From its early beginnings, Americans with Scottish ancestry endeavored for freedom as much as any American. It was in their blood.

It was 400 years before the Scots declared, “For we fight not for glory, nor riches, nor honours, but for freedom alone which no good man give sup except for his life.”  – from the Declaration of Arbroath

Surprisingly, of the 13 governors in the newly established United States, nine were Scots. There are 56 signatures on the Declaration of Independence. Some scholars suggest nearly a third of those signers were of Scottish descent.

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Not only can we point to the country’s founding fathers, but of the 43 Presidents who have taken office, 33 have been of Scottish descent.

Those with Tartan blood were and are independent and resourceful. They are prolific inventors and writers. They are talented musicians and artists, experienced leaders, and scholars. In the United States today, over 11 million Americans claim Scottish or Scotch-Irish roots. That makes them the 8th largest ethnic group in the United States. Try Outlander.

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On March 20, 1998, the United States Senate passed Resolution 155, designating April 6th of each year as National Tartan Day. The day recognizes Scottish Americans and their achievements and contributions to the United States. The House passed Resolution 41 on March 9, 2005, and George W. Bush signed the Presidential Proclamation on April 4, 2008.

On this day in 1320, Scot’s signed the Declaration of Arbroath, formally declaring their independence from England.  For more information, visit

HOW TO OBSERVE #NationalTartanDay

Some parts of the country hold parades, ceremonies, and events. Check local civic websites for any Tartan Day events. Learn more about Scots in America. Wear your tartan and use #NationalTartanDay to post on social media. Don’t miss National Unicorn Day, April 9. Unicorns are the National Animal of Scotland. Try it with a Dram. Whiskey is shared as Drams especially in Scotland. So break out the Plaid, settle in with a dram and tune into an Outlander binge watch…

If you’re at home wondering what to do today.  Outlander is always worth a binge watch. Truly great idea for both entertainment and in celebration of the contributions of Scot’s in America. See more Outlander here.

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