Arbor Day is an annual observance that celebrates the role of trees in our lives and promotes tree planting and care. As a forma holiday, it was first observed in 1872, in Nebraska, but tree planting festivals are as old as civilization. The tree has appeared throughout history and literature as the symbol of life.
The City of Sanford first celebrated Arbor Day in March 2012. The City planted maple trees on Maple Avenue and Lacebark Elms on McIver Street. The NC Urban Forestry Council awarded the Appearance Commission and the City with a $5,000 matching grant for this first planting project.