Arbor Day in United States

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

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

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 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

Quick Facts

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

Arbor Day 2015

Friday, April 24, 2015 (local in Nebraska)

Arbor Day 2016

Friday, April 29, 2016 (local in Nebraska)


Name in other languages

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

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