Looking for something more than planting a tree at your local park on Earth Day this year? There’s plenty to do in the best city on earth! New York City is teeming with opportunities for some tangible Earth Day celebrations and activism. Here are just of few of the many opportunities available to the public on Earth Day 2017.

New York City

NYC is buzzing with Earth Day celebrations. Photo: Unspash via Pixabay

March for Science

Take a trip down to the capital city (only 4 hours by bus!) and join thousands in the March for Science. Co-Sponsored by The March for Science and Earth Day Network, this effort to defend the public service role of science in the U.S. includes speeches, training with scientists, musical performances and much more. Gathering begins at 8 am and teach-ins begin at 10 am. Join to defend the integral role of science in saving our earth.

Capital - washington

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Union Square

Stop by Union Square for some music, vendors, kids activities, and lots of other environmental booths. Stop by Earth Day Initiative’s booth with your utility bill and switch to clean energy right there! Learn about some amazing environmental non-profits and find some more ways to get involved.

Union Square

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5k Green Tour

Join the tour to visit some of NYC’s premier enviro-sites and learn a little about what the city is doing to go green. Past stops have included the Lowline Lab, a rooftop farm, and a composting site. Free lunch is included at the end of the tour as well! It’s only $20 and you can get your tickets here.

Rooftop Farm

Rooftop Farm. Photo: Franklin Heijnen via Flickr

Green Festival Expo

Are you obsessed with finding the next green product to make you lifestyle as environmentally friendly as possible? Then you should definitely check out the Green Festival Expo in New York City on June 10th-11th or in Washington D.C. on May 13th-14th. You can test ride the newest electric bike or try out some of the best vegan food you’ve ever tasted. Tickets are between $10-19 and you can get them on their website.

Green Expo NYC

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Local Park Day of Service

If you are looking for a super free and super cool way to give back to your environment and community on Earth Day then look no further than your local park. Most parks have a day of service when you and all of your friends can pitch in and volunteer to make your park more beautiful and more sustainable.

Park Volunteers

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Buffalo Exchange’s $1 Earth Day Sale

For all those who really just want to find a good sale on some sustainable fashion on Earth Day, Buffalo Exchange’s $1 Earth Day Sale is an annual holiday. Stop by one of their many locations in NYC and all over the U.S. to thrift some awesome styles for just $1. And don’t worry, you’re not being totally selfish if this is your way to celebrate; Buffalo Exchange donates all of the proceeds go to the Humane Society of the United States.


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West Side Community Garden Tulip Festival

An honored NYC Earth Day tradition is the West Side Community Garden Tulip Festival. They display over 15,000 tulips for a truly magical experience. And a visit to the garden is a great opportunity to learn about their many other opportunities to volunteer.


Photo: Perry McKenna via Flickr

Go Car-Free on Broadway

Thirty blocks of car free New York City. That’s right, the impossible is becoming a reality. On Earth Day 2017 City Council is opening 30 blocks of car free as car free areas between Union Square and Times Square. In the biggest car free day in New York City history, these blocks will be going car free between 10am and 4pm on Earth Day. It is advisable to walk everywhere and get excited! Earth Day is coming!

Times Square

Photo: Leland Rechis via Flickr

We hope you make the most of Earth Day celebrations – tell us how you got your green on in comments below or on Facebook!

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