National Boone Day

National Daniel Boone Day is a holiday observed on June 7th annually, honoring an American pioneer, frontiersman, and folk hero. He not only spearheaded the exploration and settlement of the area now known as Kentucky but also served as a wagoner during the French and Indian War.

He served as a captain of the local militia during the Revolutionary War. Although his life is a complex and sometimes confusing blend of fact, fiction, and outright exaggeration, he has become an iconic figure in American history. This holiday is a great opportunity for outdoor lovers, fans of American folklore, or history enthusiasts to celebrate.

The History of National Daniel Boone Day

On June 7, 1769, Daniel Boone saw the valleys and forests of Kentucky for the first time. In 1836, the Kentucky Historical Society was established, and not long after, they created National Daniel Boone Day. It has been celebrated as a holiday ever since.

Some Fun Facts About Daniel Boone

Below are some fun facts about Daniel Boone that we think are appropriate for National Daniel Boone Day celebrations.

  • Daniel Boone’s family came to North America to escape religious persecution.
  • Boone was captured by Shawnees in February 1778.
  • Boone lived in what is now Missouri in 1799 while it was under Spanish control.
  • Boone wore hats made from beaver and did not wear coonskin hats because he considered them undignified.
  • Boone was buried in a graveyard near Marthasville, Missouri.

Observing National Daniel Boone Day

A great way to observe this holiday is to begin untangling the truth about Daniel Boone. That means hitting the history books and doing your best to sort out folklore from historical facts.

You may also want to visit a museum or exhibit about Daniel Boone on this day. While observing this holiday, don’t forget to use the hashtag #NationalDanielBooneDay to spread the word about this holiday to all the history buffs out there in the world.

When is it?
This year (2024)
June 7 Friday
Next year (2025)
June 7 Saturday
Last year (2023)
June 7 Wednesday
Culture & History