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Celebrate Milton S. Hershey's Birthday in Hershey, PA

Happy Birthday, Mr. Hershey!

162 years ago today, Milton S. Hershey, was born in rural Pennsylvania to Henry and Fanny Hershey. His enduring legacy radiates throughout the town he built for his employees and community members, Hershey, PA. Born on September 13, 1857, Mr. Hershey is remembered as one of our country's greatest philanthropists and business innovators. It is well documented that he focused on the quality of products produced and the well-being of his employees ahead of profits.

His greatest legacy...

Isn't any of his businesses, the chocolate brand enjoyed by millions annually or the many buildings that bear his name, but rather, the school he and his wife, Catherine "Kitty" Hershey, founded in 1909. When the couple was not able to have children of their own, they chose to help underprivileged children with the creation of Milton Hershey SchoolServing students from pre-kindergarten through 12th grade from income-eligible families, Milton Hershey School currently has more than 2,100 students enrolled and boasts 10,250+ alumni. The Hersheys left their entire fortune to ensure the School continues to offer its students a nurturing environment and top-notch education. 

Celebrate our founder's birthday with the rest of the town he founded...

Every September 13, the Hershey community gathers to celebrate Mr. Hershey! With sweet treats, music and grateful residents, an annual birthday celebration takes place. To join in the celebration, come to ChocolateTown Square from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Take a look at how his employees and townspeople celebrated Mr. Hershey's 80th birthday celebration in 1937 with rare footage

To learn more about Milton S. Hershey...

Visit The Hershey Story Museum for an extensive look at Mr. Hershey’s business failures and triumphs, personal life, extensive travels and more. Or enjoy one of the 13 buildings or cultural or educational institutions built by Mr. Hershey that are still in operation and open to the public today. 

Happy Birthday, Mr. Hershey! Thank you for giving us The Sweetest Place On Earth.


Hershey Entertainment & Resorts Company is proud to help fulfill the dream of our founder, Milton S. Hershey, by providing value to Milton Hershey School® in its mission of helping students lead happy, healthy, and fulfilling lives - just as Mr. Hershey intended. Learn more at mhskids.org.