George Strait Wishes Fellow Cowboys and Cowgirls a ‘Happy Hat Day’

by Keeli Parkey

When anyone pictures George Strait in their mind, it’s pretty much guaranteed there is a hat on his head. The country legend and his hats go together like eggs and bacon or peanut butter and jelly.

So, it’s not a surprise when he wished all his fans out there a very happy National Hat Day on Friday, Jan. 15. Strait shared his well-wishes on his social media handles.

Strait Takes to Social Media

“Happy National Hat Day, cowboys and cowgirls!” the Twitter post said. It also included a GIF of Strait wearing a hat – obviously.

It is rare to see George Strait without a hat in public. According to, in 2011 a radio host shared a photo of the King of Country without a hat in 1984. According to the host, Strait was opening for Alabama during a concert at the time. You can see the photo here.

Strait also gave fans a timeline of his hats through the years on Instagram. There’s not much difference between his cowboy hats aside from their color, but one surprising shot shows the legend on the golf course rocking the rare baseball cap.

According to, human beings have been wearing hats for thousands and thousands of years.

“One of the earliest known confirmed hats was worn by a bronze-aged man nicknamed Otzi, whose body was found frozen in a mountain between Austria and Italy, where he had been since around 3250 BCE,” the website states. “He was discovered wearing a bearskin cap with a chinstrap made of several hides stitched together, resembling a Russian fur hat.”

According to statistics from the site, 51 percent of individuals who wear hats wear baseball caps; it is the most popular hat being worn today. Most people wear baseball caps for casual reasons. However, the style was originally used for practical reasons. Baseball players used the cap to keep the sun out of their eyes. Laborers also prefer the cap to keep hair out of their eyes.

Interestingly, according to the website, 26 percent of Americans say they never wear a hat.

George Strait Celebrates Anniversaries

In January 2006, George Strait tied the record as the artist for the most No. 1 hit songs with “She Let Herself Go.” It was his 40th career No. 1 hit. Strait tied the record set by Conway Twitty.

Strait has gone on to have 44 No. 1 hits on Billboard. His career has spanned more than 30 years.

George Strait also recently celebrated the anniversary of his hit song “The Cowboy Rides Away.” The song was written by Sonny Throckmorton and Casey Kelly. It was released in 1985 on Jan. 14 and reached No. 5 on the Billboard charts.

Strait and company are also currently promoting a special TikTok challenge in celebration of the anniversary of his hit song “Amarillo By Morning.”

To enter, record a video on TikTok using the “Amarillo By Morning” sound. To find it, click “sound” on the search bar in TikTok and type in George Strait. Next, post the video and tag GeorgeStrait. Also, follow @GeorgeStrait on TikTok. The deadline to enter the “Amarillo By Morning” TikTok challenge is Sunday, Jan. 31.