German-American Day October 6

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Celebrating German American Heritage Month: A Rich Tapestry of Tradition and Legacy

October is a special month for all German Americans, as it marks the celebration of German-American Heritage Month. It’s a time for us to shine a spotlight on the rich history, traditions, and contributions of the German-American community to the United States. This month-long celebration is not only a source of pride for those with German ancestry but also an opportunity for everyone to learn about the fascinating story of German immigration and its profound impact on American culture.

The roots of German American Heritage Month can be traced back to October 6th, 1683, when the “Thirteen Families” from Krefeld, Germany, landed in Philadelphia, seeking a fresh start in the New World. These brave pioneers paved the way for approximately seven million other Germans who would follow in their footsteps over the centuries.

German Americans have made significant contributions to various facets of American society. From music and literature to science and technology, their influence is woven into the fabric of the nation. The German-American community has also left its mark on American cuisine, with dishes like sauerkraut, pretzels, and bratwurst becoming beloved staples.

This month, take the time to explore and appreciate the depth of German-American culture. Attend Oktoberfest celebrations, visit German heritage museums, and learn about the accomplishments of German-American figures in history. Embrace the opportunity to learn about the traditions, values, and stories that have been passed down through generations.

As we celebrate German American Heritage Month, let’s remember the enduring spirit of those who made the courageous journey to America, carrying with them their dreams, traditions, and a commitment to building a better future. It’s time to recognize and cherish the vibrant tapestry of German-American heritage that continues to enrich the American experience today. Welcome to a month of celebration and remembrance!


In 1983, President Ronald Reagan officially designated October 6 as German-American Day in commemoration of the 300th anniversary of German immigration to and cultural contributions in the United States. Subsequently, on August 6, 1987, the United States Congress passed Senate Joint Resolution 108, formalizing October 6, 1987, as German-American Day, which was later enacted into public law.