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152nd ARBOR DAY CELEBRATION will be celebrated in Nebraska City, April 26th – 28th, 2024
When Arbor Day founder J. Sterling Morton and his wife settled in Nebraska City in 1854, they found themselves in a nearly treeless land. Morton envisioned setting aside a specific day to plant trees, and in 1872, that dream was realized when the first Arbor Day was celebrated.

More than 1 million trees were planted in Nebraska that first year. Now Arbor Day is a national holiday celebrated in all 50 states.

Nebraska City hosts the Annual Arbor Day Celebration now a weekend long event, with a parade, 5K and 10K walk/run, educational activities and more Check out 7 Ways to Experience Arbor Day in the Home of Arbor Day . Visitors can also check out J. Sterling Morton’s 52-room mansion at the Arbor Lodge State Historical Park and Arboretum.

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