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USDA National Honey Bee Day

National Honey Bee Day

National Honey Bee Day is celebrated on Saturday, August 19th, 2023 in the United States. This article discusses the origins of this day and how it can best be observed.

In 2009 a group of beekeepers petitioned the United States Department of Agriculture to set aside a day for honoring honey bees and beekeeping.

On August 11th, 2009 Thomas J. Vilsek, the acting U.S. Secretary of Agriculture, declared that the third Saturday of August would be National Honey Bee Day. In 2010 a non-profit by the name Pennsylvania Apiculture Inc. was formed to help facilitate and organize the special day.  The purpose of this day is to raise awareness about the honey bee industry through education and promotion.

The day was founded with this simple mission statement:

Bring together beekeepers, bee associations, as well as other interested groups to connect with the communities to advance beekeeping. By working together and harnessing the efforts that so many already accomplish, and using a united effort one day a year, the rewards and message are magnified many times over.

Bee Associations, individuals, and other groups are encouraged to get involved. The National Honey Bee Day program is Free and open to the public.

National Honey Bee Day Programs should include these three goals:

  1. Promotion and advancement of beekeeping.
  2. Educate the public about honey bees and beekeeping.
  3. Make the public aware of environmental concerns as they affect honey bees.

Here are some ideas for promoting Honey Bee Day in your area:

  • Host an open apiary program.
  • Sponsor a honey-tasting event.
  • Set up a county fair booth.
  • Participate in environmental center programs.
  • Have a membership drive or beginner class.
  • Show a bee-related movie.
  • Establish an education table or program as part of another event.
  • Any other event you can think of that is Free and open to the public.

Find some interesting facts about beekeeping in our article “A Brief History of Beekeeping”.

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