On December 19, 1991, in response to action initiated by the Clans & Scottish Societies of Canada, the Ontario Legislature passed a resolution proclaiming April 6 as Tartan Day, following the example of other Canadian provinces.
America followed suit on March 20, 1998, when Senate Resolution 155 (S. Res.155), proposed by US Senate Republican majority leader, Trent Lott, was passed unanimously.
The Scottish Coalition, USA (TSCUSA) was formed in 1995 to spearhead the creation and formal recognition of April 6th each year as National Tartan Day in the United States, helping to guide its passage through both houses of the U.S. Congress.
In 1998, National Tartan Day of (April 6) was officially recognized on a permanent basis when the U.S. Senate passed Senate Resolution 155, establishing the holiday.
This was followed in short order by 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 its then president James Morrison, and sponsored by Rep. John Duncan (R-TN), who went on to found and co-chair the House Friends of Scotland Caucus alongside rep. mike McIntyre (D-NC). On March 20, 1998, when Senate Resolution 155 (S. Res.155), proposed by US Senate Republican majority leader, Trent Lott, was passed unanimously.
Over the years, the Scottish Coalition, USA has been instrumental in establishing and maintaining a national platform for observance of Tartan Day in the USA – now celebrated in various ways from San Diego, CA to Charleston, SC, to Washington DC and New York City.
The Coalition comprises six leading national organizations who share the mission to further interests and common goals throughout the United States through collaboration. Members are:
- The American-Scottish Foundation®
- Scottish Heritage, USA
- The Living Legacy of Scotland, Inc.
- The Association of Scottish Games and Festivals
- Scottish American Military Society
- Council of Scottish Clans and Association (COSCA)
The Coalition has been instrumental in setting up a national platform for the Observance of Tartan Day in the US, through the development of a network of State representatives. Over 33 states are represented at this time with the American-Scottish Foundation representing New York State as of January 2012.
In 1998 Alan L. Bain spearheaded the New York City Tartan Day Parade up a side walk in Manhattan, to be followed by the first permitted parade in 1999 in Central Park.
In 1998 The Scottish Coalition saw the Senate Resolution adopted recognizing Tartan Day, leading to Congressional and then Presidential passing of the recognition of Tartan Day Observance on April 6 each year.