Americans 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 the accomplishments that are
honored on National Tartan Day, April 6th.
This date was chosen to commemorate the signing
of the Declaration of Arbroath on this day in 1320, which asserted
Scotland's sovereignty over English territorial claims, and which
was an influence on the American Declaration of Independence.