WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. -- Observed by many countries, Arbor Day is a holiday where individuals encourage and promote the act of planting and caring for trees in the spring season.
Since Arbor Day is on April 24, celebrating the day with some fun facts may help inspire members of the community to participate in tree-related activities.
- Arbor Day in America first originated in Nebraska City, Neb., on April 10, 1872. Approximately one million trees were planted in Nebraska that day.
- Arbor Day was originally going to be called 'Sylvan Day,' because Sylvan comes from the Latin word's definition 'of the forest,' but the creator of Arbor Day, Julius Sterling Morton, wanted the day to be associated with all trees.
- Arbor Day wasn't declared a federal holiday until 1970 by President Richard Nixon.
- 100 years after the holiday was created, the Arbor Day Foundation began to celebrate the anniversary of Arbor Day, and it has become one of the largest organizations in the world that focuses on planting trees.
- In some areas, the dedicated date for Arbor Day varies, depending on the climate and season. In Alaska, Arbor Day isn't celebrated until the third Monday in May.
- The name of Arbor Day is also different in other locations. In Ontario, Canada, the residents celebrate Arbor Week; in Korea, they celebrate "Tree Loving Week," and in Japan, they celebrate "The Greening Week."
- Arbor Day can be celebrated in many different ways, including buying plants; making donations to rain forest foundations; studying and learning about trees; begin participating in recycling programs; or enjoying the beauty that trees have to offer.
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