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National Paul Bunyan Day

Come celebrate National Paul Bunyan Day with us! Let's tell stories and explore the legend of this larger than life lumberjack hero.
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Grab your axe and get ready to celebrate National Paul Bunyan Day on June 28! This day honors the legendary American lumberjack known for his immense strength, bravery, and skill. Paul Bunyan is an iconic figure in North American folklore and has been around since the early 1900s. He is celebrated every year as a symbol of hard work, perseverance, and ingenuity. So join us in celebrating this special day by learning more about Paul Bunyan's incredible adventures and the rich history behind him!

History of National Paul Bunyan Day

National Paul Bunyan Day Dates

National Paul Bunyan Day Timeline

<div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1910</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>First Paul Bunyan Tales</div><div class='timeline-text'>Oral stories about Paul Bunyan start to circulate among North American lumberjacks, mostly in the Midwest.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1916</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Paul Bunyan in Print</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first known printed story of Paul Bunyan appears in a promotional pamphlet by the Red River Lumber Company.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1924</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>"The Marvelous Exploits of Paul Bunyan"</div><div class='timeline-text'>W.B. Laughead, an advertising copywriter for the Red River Lumber Company, publishes a booklet titled "The Marvelous Exploits of Paul Bunyan" widely spreading the tales of the legendary lumberjack.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1937</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Disney’s Paul Bunyan</div><div class='timeline-text'>Disney Studios produces a short animated film about Paul Bunyan, bringing national attention to the folklore character.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1953</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Paul Bunyan Statues</div><div class='timeline-text'>The first of many Paul Bunyan statues around the United States are erected, cementing his place in popular culture.</div></div></div><div class='timeline-item'><div class='timeline-left'><div class='timeline-date-text'>1985</div></div><div class='timeline-center'></div><div class='timeline-right'><div class='timeline-text timeline-text-title'>Establishment of National Paul Bunyan Day</div><div class='timeline-text'>National Paul Bunyan Day is created and set on June 28 to celebrate this legendary American figure.</div></div></div>

How to Celebrate National Paul Bunyan Day

<div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>1</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Eat a big breakfast</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Start the day off right by having a big breakfast.  Bacon and eggs, pancakes, waffles, oatmeal, whatever your heart desires.  The bigger the better to honor Paul Bunyan.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>2</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go camping</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Pack up your sleeping bag and head out into the woods for a night of camping.  Cook over a campfire and tell stories like Paul Bunyan did.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>3</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Go fishing</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Hit the lake with your rod and reel and catch some fish!  Try to catch one as big as Paul Bunyan's famous blue ox.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>4</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Create a story</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>Gather around the campfire or dinner table and make up your own Paul Bunyan stories.  It can be based on his adventures or something new that you create.</p></div></div><div id='' class='facts-item'><div id='' class='facts-header'><h3 id='' class='facts-number'>5</h3></div><div id='' class='facts-text-wrapper'><h3 id='' class='facts-title'>Eat an ox</h3><p id='' class='facts-text'>No, don't actually eat an ox, but have a feast in honor of Paul Bunyan's blue ox.  Grill some burgers and hot dogs and enjoy the outdoors.</p></div></div>

Why We Love National Paul Bunyan Day

<div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>A</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Paul Bunyan is an iconic American folk hero</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Paul Bunyan is a symbol of the hardworking spirit and tenacity that has helped build America into what it is today. The tall tales about Paul's adventures have been passed down for generations, making him an emblematic figure in American culture.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>B</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Paul Bunyan celebrates rural life</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Paul Bunyan is set in the vast forests and woodlands of northern Minnesota, representing the rural lifestyles found there - such as logging and lumbering. Celebrating Paul Bunyan Day helps recognize and honor those whose hard work helps drive the economy of rural America.</p></div></div><div id='' class='whywelove-item'><div id='' class='whywelove-letter-cont'><div class='whywelove-letter'>C</div></div><div id='why-we-love-main-cont'><h3 id='' class='whywelove-title'>Paul Bunyan promotes imaginative play</h3><p id='' class='whywelove-text'>Every year, children all across America dress up as Paul Bunyan for National Paul Bunyan Day. This encourages them to be creative, use their imaginations, and take on his character for a day - perhaps inspiring them to explore more adventurous lives than they would have otherwise!</p></div></div>

5 Incredible Facts for National Paul Bunyan Day

<div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>1</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Paul Bunyan's folklore has French Canadian roots</h3><p class='facts-content'>Legend has it that the story of Paul Bunyan is likely to have originated from the tales of the French Canadian lumberjacks' who, in the early years, roamed the forests of North America, the same ones that Paul Bunyan later occupied in American folklore.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>2</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Babe, Bunyan's blue ox, was as legendary as his owner</h3><p class='facts-content'>According to folklore, Babe had extraordinary strength much like Bunyan and possessed the peculiar ability to grow larger or smaller depending on the temperature. Also, Babe was great company for Paul and helped him create several American landmarks.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>3</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Paul Bunyan is enormous in folklore and reality</h3><p class='facts-content'>Bunyan was said to be so tall that his footsteps created Minnesota's 10,000 lakes. His size also extends beyond the tales, as multiple colossal statues of Bunyan have been erected across America, some as tall as 31 feet.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>4</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>Not all Bunyan stories are true to the original character</h3><p class='facts-content'>As is the nature with folklore, many different iterations of Paul Bunyan tales exist. Some versions even feature him as a giant cowboy or a gold miner, though he is originally and widely recognized as a lumberjack.</p></div></div><div class='facts-item'><div class='facts-number-wrapper'><p class='facts-number'>5</p></div><div class='facts-core-content'><h3 class='facts-title'>The tales of Paul Bunyan helped boost morale among logging crews</h3><p class='facts-content'>Paul Bunyan tales were often shared among loggers during downtime. The implausible size and nature of Paul's adventures brought a sense of magic and camaraderie to the tough, mundane work life of the lumber crews.</p></div></div>

National Paul Bunyan Day FAQs

When is National Paul Bunyan Day?

National Paul Bunyan Day is celebrated on June 28th every year. In 2024 National Paul Bunyan Day will occur on a Friday.

National Paul Bunyan Day Dates

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Date
Day

2023

Jun 28

Wednesday

2024

Jun 28

Friday

2025

Jun 28

Saturday

2026

Jun 28

Sunday

2027

Jun 28

Monday

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