German American Day
Celebrate your German Heritage! On SUNDAY afternoon from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m. on OCTOBER 4TH, 2015 the St. Louis German American Committee will celebrate Germany American Day at St. Louis’ German Cultural Society Hall at 3652 Jefferson Avenue (63118) and invites everyone to come enjoy some Gemütlichkeit. Everyone is Willkommen! There will be German music and singing, German Dancers, a fashion show of German Clothing, and even a chance to meet the Germanic Genealogy Special Interest Group of St. Louis and get help with your genealogy! Start a new tradition and celebrate your German Heritage! There are 19 different German organizations, that you can come meet: St. Charles County German Heritage Club, Liederkranz, St. Louis-Stuttgart Sister Cities Intl., Schutzenverein, German American Cultural Society of St. Louis, St. Louis German Heritage Society, The German School, Volksmarch, Schuhlplatter and a lot more!
German-American Day is a holiday in the United States, observed annually on October 6. The holiday, which celebrates German American heritage, commemorates the date in 1683 when 13 German families from Krefeld, near the Rhine, landed in Philadelphia. These families subsequently founded Germantown, Pennsylvania, the first German settlement in the original thirteen American colonies. Originally known under the rubric of “German Day,” the holiday was celebrated for the first time in Philadelphia in 1883, on the occasion of the 200th anniversary of the arrival of the settlers from Krefeld; and similar celebrations developed later in other parts of the country. The custom died out during World War I as a result of the anti-German sentiment that prevailed at the time. The holiday was revived in 1983.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan proclaimed October 6 as German-American Day to celebrate and honor the 300th anniversary of German American immigration and culture to the United States. On August 6, 1987, Congress approved S.J. Resolution 108, designating October 6, 1987, as German-American Day. It became Public Law 100-104 when President Reagan signed it on August 18. A proclamation (#5719) to this effect was issued October 2, 1987, by President Reagan in a formal ceremony in the White House Rose Garden, at which time the President called on Americans to observe the Day with appropriate ceremonies and activities.