Arbor Day 2021: Celebrating 150 Years of Arbor Day

April 30th - 2nd, 2021

A love of trees that goes way, way, way beyond hugging.


For 150 years, folks in this small town on the Missouri River have faithfully planted trees. 

Oaks, pines, maples, elms, willows, sycamores.  Flowering trees, conifers, deciduous.  What started as a plan to make the empty plains welcoming to settlers and provide shade, shelter, and building materials has turned into a quest for environmental preservation – a chance to enrich the earth for future generations.


Along the way, what became known as Arbor Day grew into a weekend-long celebration.  And not only in our own community…Arbor Day may have started in the small town of Nebraska City, Nebraska, but it is now recognized in all 50 states and in many countries around the world.


Come and visit us for the 150th Arbor Day!  Make a weekend out of it; stay a few days, visit some museums, shop a bit, see the sights…plant a tree!



2021 Arbor Day Honoree Nomination form (coming soon)
2021 Schedule of Events form (coming soon)
2021 Parade form (coming soon)
2021 5K/10K Run – sign up opening soon
2021 Nebraska Bloody Mary State Championship information (coming soon)
2021 Home, Craft, & Garden Show information (coming soon)

Friday, April 30, 2021


Children's Program

Time: 10:30 / 1:30
Location: Arbor Lodge State Park

Saturday, May 1, 2021

Arbor Day 5K/10K Run/Walk

Time: 8 a.m.
Location: Start/End at the Old Stone Cabin (Central Avenue and Steinhart Park Road)
Description: Details coming soon.

2020 Arbor Day Parade

Time: 1 p.m.
Location: Central Ave - Drive from 6th Street west to 11th Street
Description: Floats, vehicles, bands, and more!

Sunday, May 2, 2021

Nebraska Bloody Mary State Championship

Time: TBD
Location: TBD
Description: Do you make the best Bloody Mary in Nebraska? Enter to find out! Or would you rather taste-test? Sign up details coming soon.

Festival Sponsors

The Morton Oak

Arbor Day Parade