National Prairie Day - June 4
Sat, Jun 1, 2024

National Prairie Day

National Prairie Day is an American holiday dedicated to the prairie. These unique ecosystems are characteristic of the North American continent. They are essentially open areas with a high proportion of herbaceous plants and almost no trees. The prairie has long been an important area for farming and ranching. The holiday is celebrated annually on the first Saturday in June.


The history of National Prairie Day begins in 2016, when the holiday was established by the Missouri Prairie Foundation. The purpose of the celebration is to spread awareness of the features and importance of the prairie, and to promote the conservation and restoration of rangelands.

Prairies occupy about 15% of the continent. There are similar natural areas in South America, called pampas, and in Asia, known as steppes.

North American prairies are characterized by highly fertile soils and a great diversity of species, especially plants. This makes the prairie an excellent place for livestock and valuable crops.

Interesting Facts

  • American bison and small rodents are some of the most common animals found on the American prairies.
  • The rain needed in the summer on the North American prairies is provided by air currents that bring rain clouds from the Atlantic Ocean.
  • Just over 20 pastures across North America are publicly owned.

How to Celebrate

Visit the prairies of North America on this day. Get together with friends or family to make your trip even more memorable! Learn more about the plants and animals native to these ecosystems.

Share about the holiday on social networks. Ask users if they have had a chance to visit the prairie and what their experiences were like.

When is National Prairie Day celebrated in 2024?

National Prairie Day is observed on the first Saturday in June each year.


Weekday Month Day Year
Saturday June 1 2024
Saturday June 7 2025
Saturday June 6 2026
Saturday June 5 2027
Saturday June 3 2028
Saturday June 2 2029