National Honey Bee Day
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|National Honey Bee Day|
|Significance||Honoring honey bees and beekeepers|
|Date||Third Saturday in August|
|2020 date||August 15|
|2021 date||August 21|
|2022 date||August 20|
|2023 date||August 19|
National Honey Bee Day (formerly National Honey Bee Awareness Day) is an awareness day when beekeepers, beekeeping clubs and associations, and honey bee enthusiasts from across the United States celebrate honey bees and recognize their contribution to humans' everyday lives as a means of protecting this critical species. National Honey Bee Day also pays homage to beekeepers, whose labors ensure there are well-managed, healthy bees to pollinate crops.
According to its organizers, the National Honey Bee Day program started with a simple concept:
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 [by] using a united effort one day a year, the rewards and message is magnified many times over. We encourage bee associations, individuals, and other groups to get involved. The program is free and open to all.
The event was started in 2009 by a small group of beekeepers who petitioned for and obtained a formal proclamation by the USDA honoring honey bees and beekeeping. In 2010, a non-profit, Pennsylvania Apiculture Inc. was organized to better facilitate and promote the observance. The original date of observation was August 22, 2009 (the fourth Saturday of August), but has since settled permanently on the third Saturday of August.
National Honey Bee Day is managed by HoneyLove.org, a Los Angeles-based honey bee educational non-profit.
- "National Honey Bee Day statement of purpose". Penn Apic Inc. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
- Vilsack, Tom (August 20, 2009). "National Honey Bee 'Awareness' Day". USDA Office of Communications. Retrieved August 14, 2012.
Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack Proclaims Aug. 22 as the First National Honey Bee Awareness Day
- "History of the National Honey Bee Day". Penn Apic Inc. Retrieved August 18, 2012.
- World Honey Bee Day
- North Central Florida Beekeepers Association National Honey Bee Day Event