NATIONAL ARCHERY DAY – Second Saturday in May

National Archery Day | Second Saturday of May
(Last Updated On: May 10, 2023)


National Archery Day on the second Saturday in May recognizes one of the oldest sports still in existence. Archery has been around since before 2800 BC when bows were being used for hunting and battle.


In 1900, the modern Olympic games introduced archery as an official event. However, it only appeared again in 1904, 1908 and 1920. Then once again after a long absence, archery returned in 1972.

In recent years, archery’s growing popularity is piquing people’s interest. One supporting reason points to the National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP) that began in Kentucky in 2002. Since then, the program expanded to 47 states and 10 countries, with over 2.1 million kids participating each year. 

Archery has benefits, too. Did you know that besides improving upper body strength, archery improves mental focus? Other benefits of archery include:

  • The sport (like many do) develops confidence.
  • Archery creates a sense of accomplishment.
  • It’s social! At events, people get to know one another and exchange tips, resources, and encouragement.
  • Archery can be practiced all year long.
  • Participants learn a lifelong respect for safety. 


Celebrate National Archery in the Schools Program by sharing your archery activities using #NationalArcherySchoolsProgram on Social Media.


National Archery Day was submitted by the National Archery in the Schools Program in March 2015. The second Saturday in May is generally the time the NASP tournament is held. This is the largest archery tournament in the world.  Each year kids from all over the U.S. look forward to traveling to Louisville, Kentucky, for this culminating event to end their school archery year.  The event draws over 11,500 students participating in NASP.

The Registrar at National Day Calendar proclaimed National Archery Day in March 2015 to be observed on the 2nd Saturday of May, annually.

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National Archery in the Schools Program contact information:

Roy Grimes

President, CEO

National Archery in the Schools Program (NASP®)

(502) 600-2053

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