National German-American Day
National German-American Day is a holiday that’s observed annually On October 6th in the U.S. It’s a day that celebrates and honors the German heritage that millions of Americans claim as their ancestry. According to 2019 data, there are over 43 million German-Americans in the U.S. and this makes it one of the largest self-reported ancestry groups in the country.
So, it should be no surprise that there’s a holiday celebrating German-Americans in the U.S and that holiday takes place during Oktoberfest. This is the perfect day to enjoy a little bit of German culture, beer, and food with friends and family members.
The History Of National German-American Day
This holiday would end up being pushed to the side during World War I when it became unpopular to be a German-American. However, during the 1980s, this holiday would gain a resurgence in the U.S and it is now celebrated by the millions of Americans who identify as German-American.
Interesting Facts About German-Americans
Below are some interesting facts about one of the largest ethnic groups in the U.S: German-Americans.
- The first German-born U.S Senator was Carl Schurz.
- In St.Louis, the first German immigrants began settling in the city in the late 1830s.
- Many Germans settled in Missouri because it was promised to be “America’s Rhineland.”
Observing National German-American Day
This holiday is celebrated in a variety of different ways throughout the U.S, but overall, it’s a day on which German-American heritage is embraced. It’s a day to enjoy Apfelkuchen (Apple Cake), Bratwurst, Sauerkraut, Schnitzel, or even with Schwenkbraten (Grilled Pork Chops).