America’s national champion of wildfire prevention and the face of the longest-running PSA campaign in the United States, Smokey Bear, turned 75 this year.

Since 1944, Smokey Bear has had a dramatic impact reducing the number of human-caused wildfires in America. And 75 years later, he’s still working hard.

A legacy that great deserves the celebration to match.

Texas A&M Forest Service invites you to wish Smokey Bear a happy birthday at the grand finale birthday bash on October 19.

Come see the official “Friends of Smokey Bear” hot air balloon that’s traveled all the way from Albuquerque, New Mexico. This must-see balloon is nearly ten stories tall and 72 feet wide!

In addition to the hot air balloon, we'll also celebrate with children's games, arts and crafts, bounce houses, a dunking booth, piñatas, face painting, a meet and greet with Smokey, educational booths and—of course—birthday cupcakes.

This come-and-go event is free and open to the public.

All are invited to celebrate 75 years of Smokey Bear.


  • Occurred Saturday, October 19th, 2019 @ 10:00 am – 2:00 pm


George H.W. Bush Presidential Library & Museum

1000 George Bush Drive West
College Station, TX 77845


Texas A&M Forest Service Communications

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