Help Smokey Bear Celebrate His 75th Birthday!

Smokey Bear is celebrating his 75th birthday, and you’re invited to celebrate with him!

Smokey Bear was introduced to the world on August 9, 1944.

To celebrate 75 years of wildlife prevention messages, the USDA Forest Service is offering the public four opportunities to celebrate Smokey Bear’s birthday.

Smokey Bear Birthday Celebrations:

  • Oscoda – The Huron-Manistee National Forests will host a Smokey Bear birthday party at Lumberman’s Monument from 1-3 p.m. This free event will feature children’s activities, face painting, live music and birthday cake.


  • Mackinac Bridge – The Michigan Department of Natural Resources, in partnership with the USDA Forest Service and the Bureau of Indian Affairs, will host a family-friendly birthday party at Straits State Park in St. Ignace from 1-3 p.m. The event will feature a fire truck open house, fire-prevention games, refreshments and a chance to meet Smokey Bear.


  • Rapid River – The Hiawatha National Forest will teach kids the principles of Leave No Trace at a Jr. Ranger Program from 4-5 p.m. at the Little Bay de Noc Campground. Guests can stick around from 7-8 p.m. for “What Did Smokey Say?” – an exploration of Smokey Bear’s wildfire prevention messages.


  • Detroit – The USDA Forest Service and Smokey Bear will celebrate 75 years of wildfire prevention as the Detroit Tigers take on the Kansas City Royals at Comerica Park. The game starts at 7:10 p.m. Fans can stay after the game for a Smokey Bear baseball giveaway.