Most Nebraska Government Offices Closed for Arbor Day
OMAHA, Neb. (AP) —
Those heading to state and local government offices on Friday will find
most of them closed to observe Arbor Day.
The holiday is meant to
encourage the planting and nurturing of trees. Many states around the
country also recognize the holiday.
The tree-honoring occasion
originated in Nebraska City in 1872, founded by Nebraska City native and
U.S. Agriculture Secretary J. Sterling Morton. An estimated 1 million
trees were planted that day.
Nebraska City residents will hold
their 141st Arbor Day celebration Friday and will extend the festivities
into Saturday and Sunday, with tree giveaways, a parade, races, home
and garden and craft shows, a chili cook-off and commemorative tree