Kilt Con is a global convention celebrating the kilt on Tartan Day. The intention of Kilt Con is to increase the focus on U.S. Tartan Day, a celebration of Scottish heritage on April 6, the date on which the Declaration of Arbroath was signed in 1320. On 4 April 2008, President George W. Bush signed a Presidential Proclamation making April 6 National Tartan Day. Here is the content of the Presidential Proclamation:
2008 PRESIDENTIAL PROCLAMATION
President George Bush today signed on April 4th 2008 a Presidential Proclamation making April 6th National Tartan Day! Proclamation signed by the President of the United States:
Americans of Scottish descent have made enduring contributions to our Nation with their hard work, faith, and values. On National Tartan Day, we celebrate the spirit and character of Scottish Americans and recognize their many contributions to our culture and our way of life.
Scotland and the United States have long shared ties of family and friendship, and many of our country’s most cherished customs and ideals first grew to maturity on Scotland’s soil. The Declaration of Arbroath, the Scottish Declaration of Independence signed in 1320, embodied the Scots’ strong dedication to liberty, and the Scots brought that tradition of freedom with them to the New World. Sons and daughters of many Scottish clans were among the first immigrants to settle in America, and their determination and optimism helped build our Nation’s character. Several of our Founding Fathers were of Scottish descent, as have been many Presidents and Justices of the United States Supreme Court. Many Scottish Americans, such as Andrew Carnegie, were great philanthropists, founding and supporting numerous scientific, educational, and civic institutions. From the evocative sounds of the bagpipes to the great sport of golf, the Scots have also left an indelible mark on American culture.
National Tartan Day is an opportunity to celebrate all Americans who claim Scottish ancestry, and we are especially grateful for the service in our Armed Forces of Scottish Americans who have answered the call to protect our Nation.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, GEORGE W. BUSH, President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim April 6, 2008, as National Tartan Day. I call upon all Americans to observe this day by celebrating the continued friendship between the people of Scotland and the United States and by recognizing the contributions of Scottish Americans to our Nation.
IN WITNESS WHEREOF, I have hereunto set my hand this fourth day of April, in the year of our Lord two thousand eight, and of the Independence of the United States of America the two hundred and thirty-second.
GEORGE W. BUSH
Kilt Con began in 2017 as a rather unconventional “convention.” Rather than have a central location where attendants would have to travel to, book lodging and pay registration fees, Kilt Con was designed to bring the convention to the people. While an official Kilt Con meeting exists, other Kilt Con celebrations are hosted in cities around the country and the globe making a massive single celebration. Official hosted Kilt Con celebrations should be able to communicate with each other using social media and live broadcasts. The 2017 Kilt Con features an interactive live broadcast of the Life In A Kilt Podcast. Other broadcasts, podcasts, and streaming are encouraged throughout the Kilt Con celebration to help bring all hosted celebrations together. Hosted Kilt Con celebrations are encouraged to use the Kilt Con name while also giving their celebration its own unique name. For instance, “Kilt Con Scottish Pride L.A.” or “Kilt Con Pirates of Pittsburgh.” Creativity is encouraged. Each Kilt Con celebration is independently produced and managed and organizers may design their own celebration to fit their particular venue, vision or purpose. All celebrations are specifically kilt focused.
While the hosted celebrations will continue to be an important part of Kilt Con, eventually a larger, more event-filled central location will be created. This will allow for the appearance of seminars, talks, vendors, personalities, industry, lifestyle and culture activities surrounding the kilt.
Stay tuned for more info!