National Paul Bunyan Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Facts & How to celebrate the National Paul Bunyan Day

National Paul Bunyan Day 2020 - On 28 June 2020, National Paul Bunyan Day is observed to remember one of the most popular North Americans folklore hero, Paul Bunyan and his big blue ox. Get the information about the history of National Paul Bunyan Day, facts & how to celebrate the National Paul Bunyan Day 2020.

Sheena | Updated Jun 27, 2020 18:41 PM

National Paul Bunyan Day 2020 - Important Date, History, Facts & How  to celebrate the National Paul Bunyan Day

National Paul Bunyan Day 2020

National Paul Bunyan Day is celebrated on June 28 of every year. National Paul Bunyan Day 2020 is to enjoy the famous tale of a giant lumberjack, Paul Bunyan and his blue ox. On this National Paul Bunyan Day, one can know about the popular North Americans folklore hero, Paul Bunyan and his big blue ox.

Paul Bunyan is one of the best heroes in American folklore. This famous lumberjack appeared in the Midwest during the 1800s, in many of the ‘tall stories’.  Paul Bunyan was always accompanied in the tales by his companion, Babe the Blue Ox.

What is the history of National Paul Bunyan Day?

The founder and the history of National Paul Bunyan Day are unknown. First published in print in 1906 by the journalist James MacGillivray from Northern Michigan, Bunyan's character originated in folktales circulated among lumberjacks in the Northeastern United States and Eastern Canada. 

Paul Bunyan was later popularized in a 1916 promotional advertisement for the Red River Lumber Company by freelance writer William B. Laughead, who was finding a face for the advertisement campaign. The campaign brought new life into Paul Bunyan's legendary character.

Over the following decades, the name and image of the character continued to be used in the promotion of various products, cities, and services, and giant statues of Paul Bunyan were also built in many towns.

The Paul Bunyan Folklore

Although folklore surrounds the lumberjack, one character, Paul Bunyan, has a tale of origin. When a legend Paul Bunyan was born in Bangor, Maine, it took five storks to carry him. As he grew a little older, windows shook and shattered as he clapped his hands and laughed. The story continues that, when he was just seven months old, he saw off the legs of his parents' bed in the middle of the night. Folklore also credits Bunyan with creating the Grand Canyon as he walked along with Babe the Blue Ox, dragging his axe behind him. Another theory claims that Bunyan built the Great Lakes so that Babe had a pool of water.

How to observe the National Paul Bunyan Day?

Celebrate National Paul Bunyan Day by reading the Paul Bunyan tales. Some of the other creative ideas to enjoy this day are as follows:

  • Cherish childhood memories by reading different folklore

  • Watch animated folklore with kids and families

  • Go to nearby Paul Bunyan statue and take some photos

  • Use #NationalPaulBunyanDay on social media and share the celebration of Paul Bunyan day. 

Paul Bunyan - Facts

It took five storks, when he was born, to deliver Paul to his parents

Paul was 63 ax handles tall and his blue ox, Babe was 42 ax handles tall

It's said 10,000 lakes in Minnesota are the footprints of Paul Bunyan

Paul's frying pan was 1 acre large

It took a crow a day to fly one Babe's horn to another horn

Babe could eat thirty bales of hay a day

Paul carved the Great Lakes so that Babe could drink from a watering hole

One winter all the snowflakes were blue which turned the Babe's color to blue permanently

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National Paul Bunyan Day - FAQ

1. What is Paul Bunyan famous for?

Paul Bunyan was a hero of the Lumberjacks of North America who cut down trees. He had been known for his power, pace, and skill. Tradition has it that he cleared forests from the Northeast to the Pacific Ocean.

2. Did Paul Bunyan have a blue ox?

Paul Bunyan is a giant lumberjack and folk-hero in American folklore. His adventures revolve around the tall tales of his superhuman labors, and Babe the Blue Ox usually accompanies him.

3. How tall was the real Paul Bunyan?

Bunyan was a big, seven-foot-tall giant with a seven-foot stride. He had been renowned for his great physical strength in the lumbering districts.

4. Who invented Paul Bunyan?

The first story by Paul Bunyan, ‘Round River’ made it into print in 1906, written for a local newspaper in Oscoda, Michigan by journalist James MacGillivray. In 1912, MacGillivray collaborated with an author for American Lumberman magazine on a Bunyan-themed poem, gaining the first national exposure to Paul Bunyan.