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Arbor Day in the United States

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

Is Arbor Day a Public Holiday?

Arbor Day is a public holiday in Nebraska, where it is a day off for the general population, and schools and most businesses are closed.

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

YearWeekdayDateNameHoliday TypeArea
2015FriApr 24Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
2016FriApr 29Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
2017FriApr 28Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
2018FriApr 27Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
2019FriApr 26Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
2020FriApr 24Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
2021FriApr 30Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
2022FriApr 29Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
2023FriApr 28Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
2024FriApr 26Arbor DayState holidayNebraska
2025FriApr 25Arbor DayState holidayNebraska

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