State Symbols 2019

The World's Fair of 1893 was held in Chicago. In preparation for the event, there was something called the National Garland of Flowers that was created for the sake of representing every US state at the World's Fair. The garland was comprised of flowers for each of the fifty states, and at the time, the flowers were not necessarily considered state symbols. Instead, the National Garland of Flowers inspired the concept of state symbols. From there, state symbols such as trees, birds, songs, and, of course, flowers were born.

Believe it or not, even though state symbols seem mighty official, there is no actual process for selecting the state symbols in America. Take the official state dog of the state of Delaware as a perfect example.

On August 3 of 2016, the official state dog of Delaware was announced, making the golden retriever the state dog of Delaware. The way the state dog was selected was very simple and quite humorous. A group of fourth graders sent in letters to Delaware legislators, pleading with them to make the golden retriever the state's official dog.

They had been learning about state symbols in school at the time, and one of their class assignments was to mail letters to the government regarding the state symbols. The lawmakers received the letters and put their plea to a vote, which ultimately resulted in the golden retriever becoming the official state dog of Delaware.

Another example of the casual ways by which state symbols are chosen has to do with the official state dinosaur of the state of Arkansas. In 2013, a boy by the name of Mason Cypress Oury of Fayetteville County decided to embark on a campaign. He wanted the state dinosaur of Arkansas to officially be named as the Arkansaurus fridayi. Using social media, Oury was able to spread the word and the governor of Arkansas, Governor Hutchinson, signed a document that officially made the Arkansaurus fridayi the state dinosaur in 2017.

Without further ado, here are the state symbols of the United States of America. Below, you will find the state songs, birds, trees, and flowers of all fifty US states.

Alabama

  • Song: Alabama
  • Bird: Yellowhammer
  • Tree: Southern longleaf pine tree
  • Flower: Camellias

Alaska

  • Song: Alaska’s Flag
  • Bird: Willow ptarmigan
  • Tree: Sitka spruce tree
  • Flower: Forget-me-nots

Arizona

  • Song: Arizona
  • Bird: Cactus wren
  • Tree: Palo verde
  • Flower: Flower of saguaro cacti

Arkansas

  • Song: Arkansas
  • Bird: Mockingbird
  • Tree: Pine tree
  • Flower: Apple blossoms

California

  • Song: I Love You, California
  • Bird: California valley quail
  • Tree: California redwoods
  • Flower: Golden poppies

Colorado

  • Song: Where the Columbines Grow
  • Bird: Lark bunting
  • Tree: Colorado blue spruce trees
  • Flower: Rocky Mountain columbines

Connecticut

  • Song: Yankee Doodle
  • Bird: American robins
  • Tree: White oak trees
  • Flower: Mountain laurels

Delaware

  • Song: Our Delaware
  • Bird: Blue hen chicken
  • Tree: American holly trees
  • Flower: Peach blossoms

Florida

  • Song: Suwannee River
  • Bird: Mockingbird
  • Tree: Sabal palm trees
  • Flower: Orange blossoms

Georgia

  • Song: Georgia on my Mind
  • Bird: Brown thrashers
  • Tree: Live oak trees
  • Flower: Cherokee roses

Hawaii

  • Song: Hawaii Ponoi
  • Bird: Hawaiian geese
  • Tree: Candlenut trees
  • Flower: Yellow hibiscuses

Idaho

  • Song: Here We Have Idaho
  • Bird: Mountain bluebirds
  • Tree: White pine trees
  • Flower: Syringas

Illinois

  • Song: Illinois
  • Bird: Cardinals
  • Tree: White oak trees
  • Flower: Violets

Indiana

  • Song: On the Banks of the Wabash, Far Away
  • Bird: Cardinals
  • Tree: Tulip trees
  • Flower: Peonies

Iowa

  • Song: Song of Iowa
  • Bird: Eastern goldfinches
  • Tree: Bur oak trees
  • Flower: Wild roses

Kansas

  • Song: Home on the Range
  • Bird: Western meadowlarks
  • Tree: Cottonwood trees
  • Flower: Sunflowers

Kentucky

  • Song: My Old Kentucky Home
  • Bird: Kentucky cardinals
  • Tree: Tulip poplars
  • Flower: Goldenrods

Louisiana

  • Song: You Are My Sunshine
  • Bird: Eastern brown pelicans
  • Tree: Bald cypress trees
  • Flower: Magnolias

Maine

  • Song: State of Maine Song
  • Bird: Chickadees
  • Tree: White pine trees
  • Flower: White pine cones and tassels

Maryland

  • Song: Maryland! My Maryland!
  • Bird: Baltimore orioles
  • Tree: White oak trees
  • Flower: Black-eyed susans

Massachusetts

  • Song: All Hail to Massachusetts
  • Bird: Chickadees
  • Tree: American elm trees
  • Flower: Mayflowers

Michigan

  • Song: My Michigan
  • Bird: Robins
  • Tree: White pine trees
  • Flower: Apple blossoms

Minnesota

  • Song: Hail Minnesota
  • Bird: Common loons
  • Tree: Red pine trees
  • Flower: Lady slippers

Mississippi

  • Song: Go, Mississippi
  • Bird: Mockingbirds
  • Tree: Magnolia trees
  • Flower: Evergreen magnolias

Missouri

  • Song: Missouri Waltz
  • Bird: Bluebirds
  • Tree: Flowering dogwood trees
  • Flower: Hawthorns

Montana

  • Song: Montana
  • Bird: Western meadowlark
  • Tree: Ponderosa pine trees
  • Flower: Bitterroots

Nebraska

  • Song: Beautiful Nebraska
  • Bird: Western meadowlarks
  • Tree: Cottonwood trees
  • Flower: Goldenrods

Nevada

  • Song: Home Means Nevada
  • Bird: Mountain bluebirds
  • Tree: Single-leaf pinyon trees
  • Flower: Sagebrush

New Hampshire

  • Song: Old New Hampshire
  • Bird: Purple finches
  • Tree: White birch trees
  • Flower: Purple lilacs

New Jersey

  • Song: No current state song
  • Bird: Eastern goldfinches
  • Tree: Red oak trees
  • Flower: Purple violets

New Mexico

  • Song: O Fair New Mexico
  • Bird: Roadrunners
  • Tree: Pinons
  • Flower: Yuccas

New York

  • Song: I Love New York
  • Bird: Bluebirds
  • Tree: Sugar maple trees
  • Flower: Roses

North Carolina

  • Song: The Old North State
  • Bird: Cardinals
  • Tree: Pine trees
  • Flower: Dogwoods

North Dakota

  • Song: North Dakota Hymn
  • Bird: Western meadowlarks
  • Tree: American elm trees
  • Flower: Wild prairie roses

Ohio

  • Song: Beautiful Ohio
  • Bird: Cardinals
  • Tree: Buckeye trees
  • Flower: Scarlet carnations

Oklahoma

  • Song: Oklahoma
  • Bird: Scissor-tailed flycatcher
  • Tree: Redbuds
  • Flower: Mistletoes

Oregon

  • Song: Oregon, My Oregon
  • Bird: Western meadowlarks
  • Tree: Douglas fir trees
  • Flower: Oregon grapes

Pennsylvania

  • Song: Pennsylvania
  • Bird: Ruffled grouses
  • Tree: Hemlock trees
  • Flower: Mountain laurels

Rhode Island

  • Song: Rhode Island, It’s For Me
  • Bird: Rhode Island red hens
  • Tree: Red maple trees
  • Flower: Violets

South Carolina

  • Song: Carolina
  • Bird: Carolina wrens
  • Tree: Palmetto trees
  • Flower: Carolina yellow jessamines

South Dakota

  • Song: Hail! South Dakota!
  • Bird: Ring-necked pheasants
  • Tree: Black hills spruce trees
  • Flower: American pasqueflowers

Tennessee

  • Song: Rocky Top
  • Bird: Mockingbirds
  • Tree: Tulip poplar trees
  • Flower: Irises

Texas

  • Song: Texas, Our Texas
  • Bird: Mockingbirds
  • Tree: Pecan trees
  • Flower: Bluebonnets

Utah

  • Song: Utah, We Love Thee
  • Bird: California gulls
  • Tree: Blue spruce trees
  • Flower: Sego lillies

Vermont

  • Song: These Green Mountains
  • Bird: Hermit thrushes
  • Tree: Sugar maple trees
  • Flower: Red clovers

Virginia

  • Song: Carry Me Back to Old Virginny
  • Bird: Cardinals
  • Tree: Dogwood trees
  • Flower: American dogwoods

Washington

  • Song: Washington, My Home
  • Bird: Willow goldfinches
  • Tree: Western hemlock trees
  • Flower: Coast rhododendrons

West Virginia

  • Song: Take Me Home Country Roads
  • Bird: Cardinals
  • Tree: Sugar maple trees
  • Flower: Rhododendrons

Wisconsin

  • Song: On Wisconsin
  • Bird: Robins
  • Tree: Sugar maple trees
  • Flower: Wood violets

Wyoming

  • Song: Wyoming
  • Bird: Western meadowlarks
  • Tree: Cottonwood trees
  • Flower: Indian paintbrushes
State State Song State Bird State Tree State Flower
AlabamaAlabamaYellowhammerSouthern longleaf pine treeCamellias
AlaskaAlaska’s FlagWillow ptarmiganSitka spruce treeForget-me-nots
ArizonaArizonaCactus wrenPalo verdeFlower of saguaro cacti
ArkansasArkansasMockingbirdPine treeApple blossoms
CaliforniaI Love You, CaliforniaCalifornia valley quailCalifornia redwoodsGolden poppies
ColoradoWhere the Columbines GrowLark buntingColorado blue spruce treesRocky Mountain columbines
ConnecticutYankee DoodleAmerican robinsWhite oak treesMountain laurels
DelawareOur DelawareBlue hen chickenAmerican holly treesPeach blossoms
FloridaSuwannee RiverMockingbirdSabal palm treesOrange blossoms
GeorgiaGeorgia on my MindBrown thrashersLive oak treesCherokee roses
HawaiiHawaii PonoiHawaiian geeseCandlenut treesYellow hibiscuses
IdahoHere We Have IdahoMountain bluebirdsWhite pine treesSyringas
IllinoisIllinoisCardinalsWhite oak treesViolets
IndianaOn the Banks of the Wabash, Far AwayCardinalsTulip treesPeonies
IowaSong of IowaEastern goldfinchesBur oak treesWild roses
KansasHome on the RangeWestern meadowlarksCottonwood treesSunflowers
KentuckyMy Old Kentucky HomeKentucky cardinalsTulip poplarsGoldenrods
LouisianaYou Are My SunshineEastern brown pelicansBald cypress treesMagnolias
MaineState of Maine SongChickadeesWhite pine treesWhite pine cones and tassels
MarylandMaryland! My Maryland!Baltimore oriolesWhite oak treesBlack-eyed susans
MassachusettsAll Hail to MassachusettsChickadeesAmerican elm treesMayflowers
MichiganMy MichiganRobinsWhite pine treesApple blossoms
MinnesotaHail MinnesotaCommon loonsRed pine treesLady slippers
MississippiGo, MississippiMockingbirdsMagnolia treesEvergreen magnolias
MissouriMissouri WaltzBluebirdsFlowering dogwood treesHawthorns
MontanaMontanaWestern meadowlarkPonderosa pine treesBitterroots
NebraskaBeautiful NebraskaWestern meadowlarksCottonwood treesGoldenrods
NevadaHome Means NevadaMountain bluebirdsSingle-leaf pinyon treesSagebrush
New HampshireOld New HampshirePurple finchesWhite birch treesPurple lilacs
New JerseyNo current state songEastern goldfinchesRed oak treesPurple violets
New MexicoO Fair New MexicoRoadrunnersPinonsYuccas
New YorkI Love New YorkBluebirdsSugar maple treesRoses
North CarolinaThe Old North StateCardinalsPine treesDogwoods
North DakotaNorth Dakota HymnWestern meadowlarksAmerican elm treesWild prairie roses
OhioBeautiful OhioCardinalsBuckeye treesScarlet carnations
OklahomaOklahomaScissor-tailed flycatcherRedbudsMistletoes
OregonOregon, My OregonWestern meadowlarksDouglas fir treesOregon grapes
PennsylvaniaPennsylvaniaRuffled grousesHemlock treesMountain laurels
Rhode IslandRhode Island, It’s For MeRhode Island red hensRed maple treesViolets
South CarolinaCarolinaCarolina wrensPalmetto treesCarolina yellow jessamines
South DakotaHail! South Dakota!Ring-necked pheasantsBlack hills spruce treesAmerican pasqueflowers
TennesseeRocky TopMockingbirdsTulip poplar treesIrises
TexasTexas, Our TexasMockingbirdsPecan treesBluebonnets
UtahUtah, We Love TheeCalifornia gullsBlue spruce treesSego lillies
VermontThese Green MountainsHermit thrushesSugar maple treesRed clovers
VirginiaCarry Me Back to Old VirginnyCardinalsDogwood treesAmerican dogwoods
WashingtonWashington, My HomeWillow goldfinchesWestern hemlock treesCoast rhododendrons
West VirginiaTake Me Home Country RoadsCardinalsSugar maple treesRhododendrons
WisconsinOn WisconsinRobinsSugar maple treesWood violets
WyomingWyomingWestern meadowlarksCottonwood treesIndian paintbrushes