Here's a List of Earth Day Celebrations Around the Country
In 1970, the first Earth Day was recognized as an effort to bring awareness to the importance of environmental advocacy. For the past 48 years, Earth Day has been celebrated nationally, and each year, it is approached by national organizers with a different theme. In the 1970s, with the birth of the modern environmental movement, the concerns were fuel-related. At the time of its creation, Democrats and Republicans stood united in the face of recognizing the dangers that a lack of awareness to environmental concerns can cause for our world. Now in 2018, the emphasis is on ending plastic pollution, which is posing major health risks for fragile sea life even beyond the shores of the United States, and it is time for us to be united once again. Cities across the country, in all corners of the nation, are working to celebrate Earth Day this April and to do their part in ensuring a cleaner, greener future for the next generations.
Check out this list and find the nearest gathering in your area.
ATLANTA, GEORGIA -
Atlanta will host a multitude of events throughout the weekend of Earth Day. From holding a Planting Day event on April 21st to hosting an Earth Day Festival in Vine City Park on the 22nd, it is safe to say that the capitol of Georgia will not let the weekend pass unnoticed. Atlanta also plans to hold 5k and 10k running races in the city, 15% of the proceeds of which will go to support Wild Earth Allies, an organization that supports wildlife and habitat preservation.
MADISON, WISCONSIN -
Madison is known for its annual conference that promotes awareness for environmental concerns. Films and speakers throughout the day serve to bring attention to points of concern that it finds the most pressing. The government of Wisconsin has also made an effort to promote Earth Day by providing volunteer opportunities on the weekends leading up to Earth Day in its state parks and recreation areas.
SEATTLE, WASHINGTON -
Seattle plans to celebrate Earth Day by providing free entry into many of its state parks on April 22nd, as well as to host a series of clean-up events throughout the weekend. The weekend will also include a tree planting day at Magnuson Park and a free Wildlife Festival at Discovery Park in order to involve its residents in a diverse series of events to bring attention to the importance of preserving the environment.
HOUSTON, TEXAS -
Everything is bigger in Texas, and this year’s Earth Day celebrations are no different. Several organizations are partnering to host their Earth Day event at Discovery Green. The goal of the event, according to their official website, is to “inspire, educate, and encourage action,” and it will feature a plethora of booths and events in order to continue motivating environmentally-concerned Texans to make their personal actions count when it comes to a greener world.
SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA -
San Diego plans, as it has for the past 28 years, to host its annual Earth Fair, which boasts of being the largest free environmental fair and Earth Day celebration in the world. This fair will host a series of events, including an Earth Day parade, a chance to display earth-related artwork in its “eARTh” Gallery, and an award show to thank environmentally-savvy organizations and volunteers for their continued and renewed commitments to saving the planet.
DENVER, COLORADO -
Denver plans to play host to a whole mass of Earth Day celebrations in an effort hosted by the Sierra Club. The event is planned to take place at the Colorado State Capitol with the goal of “pledging to continue our fight for clean air, water, and healthy communities for all,” according to the official event description. This event will include live music, family-friendly activities, and speeches from a number of notable figures including a state representative and an Olympic medalist in an effort to surpass last year’s more than 13,000 attendees.
Montana is known for its rugged landscapes and healthy wildlife, and its Earth Day contributions will be statewide. Montana State University in Bozeman is planning to host an event that includes snacks, live music, and general information on outdoor clubs at the school and in the area, in the hopes that it will inspire its citizens to become more involved in the outdoor world. The same campus will also host a trash-sorting demonstration and give a workshop on composting. Additionally, the Clark Fork Coalition will be hosting the Clark Fork River Cleanup, which last year salvaged nearly two tons of trash.
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA -
San Francisco will be celebrating this Earth Day alongside the 100-year anniversary of the Save the Redwoods League. As a result, the city has decided to combine their celebrations with panels and speakers on all sorts of redwood conservation practices, including giving insight into getting involved with the League. Discussions throughout the day will be ongoing and include alternative topics such as “climate change, recycling, and the intersection of politics, technology, and the environment.”
WASHINGTON D.C. -
While last year’s controversial March for Science took place on Earth Day in 2017, this year’s D.C. efforts will focus its celebrations on engaging its residents and families with more hands-on events. One such event kicks off at the Smithsonian’s National Zoo with green-themed events held on the 21st with what it calls “Earth Optimism Day.” At this event, participants can meet with horticulturists for gardening tips, attend demonstrations, or participate in the city’s “Bike to the Zoo” event. Friday the 20th will bring with it the United States Botanic Garden’s “Celebrate Earth Day Festival,” which focuses on using plant-based actions to promote a healthier planet.
Almost every state in the nation can boast of some sort of celebratory recognition of Earth Day within its borders. On this year’s Earth Day weekend, get out, get engaged, and learn how you can come together with others to make a difference.