Arbor Day – Arbor or Arbour; from the Latin to mean Tree. This is a day to help raise awareness of the importance of trees and planting trees. #ArborDay
This day was founded by J. Sterling Morton in Nebraska City, NE in 1872. On that first day it was estimated one million trees were planted. National Arbor Day is celebrated every year on the last Friday in April. However, in Nebraska it is a civic holiday starting in 1885. This day was almost called Sylvan Day.
1970 was went the holiday was moved to celebrating on the last Friday of April. However, Alaska celebrates Arbor Day on the third Monday in May. Trees are important to the environment because they turn carbon dioxide into oxygen. Plus, they provide shade. Some tress grow fruit, nuts, syrups and more for us to consume.
The oak tree won as the official tree for Arbor Day.
In 2020, it is on April 24th
- 2021 -April 30
- 2022 -April 29
- 2023 – April 28
- 2024 – April 26
The Jewish celebrate something similar. Tu B’Shevat (Hebrew: ט״ו בשבט) or Tu BiShvat, the 15th day of the Jewish month of Shevat, is a holiday also known as the New Year for Trees or New Year of the Trees. It is also called “Rosh HaShanah La’Ilanot” (Hebrew: ראש השנה לאילנות), literally “New Year of the Trees.”
First Published April 26, 2018. Last updated or republished April 24, 2020.