Always on the Friday before the second Sunday in May is celebrated in the US with the National Public Gardens Day (Day of public parks and botanical gardens ), the public parks in the country. In 2021 this day of action falls on May 7th and accordingly the following lines of the strange holidays from all over the world try to shed some light on its background. So why are we celebrating United States public parks and gardens today?
Who Started National Public Gardens Day?
In contrast to many of the other botanical holidays gathered here, in the case of today’s National Public Gardens there is very specific information about its origins. Specifically, this day of honor for the public gardens goes back to an initiative or cooperation between the American Public Gardens Association and the irrigation system manufacturer Rain Bird Corporation in 2008.
With today’s event, the organizations based in the US state of Pennsylvania want to create increased public awareness of the role and importance of such green spaces in urban areas. A well-known concern in this context that exemplary American US by the Mach-a-walk-in-park-day (National Take a Walk in the Park Day) on 30 March or the go-in-the -Park Day (National Hop A Park) is represented on the first Saturday in July,
In the present case, however, with some success. Since it was founded, numerous US government bodies have recognized and supported the National Public Gardens Day. In addition, the organizers can now refer to 500 participating institutions across the country, whose spectrum ranges from botanical gardens and zoos to classic city parks. Including such well-known sights as Central Park and the High Line Park in New York or the Golden Gate Park in San Francisco.
When do Americans celebrate their Public Gardens Day?
As mentioned in the introduction, this event is a flexible date, which the organizers advertise as the Friday before US Mother’s Day (the second Sunday in May). Given the dimensions of Mother’s Day in the United States, this is certainly not a bad strategy. 😉
In the course of the research, I could not find out what the specific reason for the decision for this date was, but in principle, you are not in competition with Mother’s Day with this decision and at the same time ensure that today’s occasion always falls on a normal working day.
With this in mind, the National Public Gardens Day will take place on the following dates in the coming years:
- 2019: Friday May 10th
- 2020: Friday, May 8th
- 2021: Friday, May 7th
- 2022: Friday, May 6th
- 2023: Friday, May 12th
- 2024: Friday, May 10th
- 2025: Friday, May 9th
- 2026: Friday, May 8th
- 2027: Friday, May 7th
- 2028: Friday, May 12th
- 2029: Friday, May 11th
With this in mind: Today you can pay a visit to your local botanical garden and enjoy a few quiet hours/minutes.