Arbor Day in United States

Quick Facts

Arbor Day encourages people to plant and care for trees. In Nebraska, it falls on the last Friday of April.

Local names

NameLanguage
Arbor DayEnglish
Día del ÁrbolSpanish
חג האילנותHebrew
يوم الشجرةArabic
식목일Korean
Tag des BaumesGerman

Arbor Day 2014

Friday, April 25, 2014

Arbor Day 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015
List of dates for other years

Arbor Day is a state holiday to promote tree planting in Nebraska and is held on the last Friday of April.

Arbor day

Get your gloves and tools and plant a tree on Arbor Day.

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Celebrate Arbor Day

On Arbor Day, people are encouraged to care for their natural environment. It's a time for people to get their hands in the dirt and plant and/or care for trees, bushes and plants. Events include: communal tree planting, exhibitions, fairs, music performances and open days in garden centers. Arbor Day awards are also presented in communities, schools, and organizations throughout the United States.

Public life

Arbor Day falls on the last Friday of April in Nebraska. It is a legal holiday so some state offices and historic sites are closed. Some schools are closed, while others remain open, so residents must check with their local school on possible school closures. Some businesses are closed but others may remain open.

About Arbor Day

In 1854 J Sterling Morton moved from Detroit to the area that is now Nebraska. He and other pioneers noticed a lack of trees, which were needed to act as windbreaks to stabilize the soil and to give shade from the sun. Morton planted many trees around his own home and encouraged others to do the same.

On January 4, 1872, he proposed a holiday to plant trees on April 10 that year. This was known as "Arbor Day" and prizes were awarded to the counties and individuals who planted the most trees on the day. About one million trees were planted in Nebraska on the first Arbor Day. In 1885, Arbor Day became a legal holiday and was moved to April 22, which was Morton's birthday. In 1989 the official state holiday was moved to the last Friday in April. All states in the US now have an official Arbor Day, usually at a time of year that is has the best weather conditions for planting trees.

Arbor Day Observances

WeekdayDateYearNameHoliday typeWhere it is observed
FriApr 271990Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 261991Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 241992Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 301993Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 291994Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 281995Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 261996Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 251997Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 241998Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 301999Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 282000Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 272001Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 262002Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 252003Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 302004Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 292005Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 282006Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 272007Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 252008Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 242009Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 302010Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 292011Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 272012Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 262013Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 252014Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 242015Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 292016Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 282017Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 272018Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 262019Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
FriApr 242020Arbor DayState holidayNebraska

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