Johnny Appleseed Day in the USA Date in the current year: March 11, 2018

Johnny Appleseed Day in the USA Johnny Appleseed Day is an unofficial holiday in the United States dedicated to a Christian missionary and gardener who is credited with introducing apple trees to large parts of the American Midwest. It is celebrated on March 11 or September 26.

John Chapman (Johnny Appleseed’s real name) was born on September 26, 1772. He was given his nickname as a recognition of his apple growing efforts. Sadly, most of the trees planted by Johnny Appleseed haven’t survived to our days. Supposedly, the last living apple tree planted by him can be found on a farm in Nova, Ohio.

Johnny Appleseed dedicated the biggest part of his adult life to planting apple trees, teaching the Bible and storytelling. He introduced apple trees to Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, and parts of West Virginia. Johnny Appleseed became part of American folklore while still alive, due to his kind, generous ways. Many books and films have been based on the accounts of his life.

Johnny Appleseed Day is celebrated on September 26 or March 11. September 26 is his birthday, while the date of March 11 was chosen because Chapman died in March 1845 (although the official date of his death is May 18) and because it is during planting season.

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Ecological Observances, Cultural Observances, Unofficial Holidays

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USA

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