The Earth Day in NYC guide

Go green and enjoy Mother Nature during Earth Day—NYC celebrates with free events, park clean-ups and more

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There’s no better time to enjoy the great outdoors than during Earth Day. NYC offers many things to do outside including free events at the city’s best parks. The national holiday is a bit like Mother's Day, but for Mother Nature. Although you don't have to buy her a gift or bouquet from one of the city’s best flower shops, you can give the gift of volunteering by planting some blooms or cleaning up a nearby park. Another way to help the cause is to turn off the lights in your NYC apartment and unplug your gadgets. Need a little retail therapy? Help save the planet by hitting one of Gotham’s best thrift stores and grab some preloved duds. Better yet, one of the most popular thrift chain’s in the city is hosting a $1 sale. The options are endless, so take advantage of our comprehensive guide including everything you can do to celebrate Earth Day in NYC.

When is Earth Day?

Earth Day is on April 22 every year. This year, it falls on a Sunday.

Things to do for Earth Day NYC

The best NYC parks
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The best NYC parks

NYC parks offer verdant green spaces to relax, get some sun, have a picnic and more. Here are our favorites.

The best things to do outside in New York
Things to do

The best things to do outside in New York

If the weather is warm, hit the beach, drink on a rooftop and read our guide for more awesome things to do outside

The best Earth Day events in NYC
Things to do

The best Earth Day events in NYC

These cool Earth Day events will have you channeling Captain Planet and making Leonardo DiCaprio proud!

Get clothes for just $1 at one of the best thrift stores in NYC next month
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Get clothes for just $1 at one of the best thrift stores in NYC next month

Bargain lovers and patrons of Buffalo Exchange, pencil this date in your calendar. 

The best Earth Day songs
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The best Earth Day songs

Celebrate nature and get in the ecological spirit with these great Earth Day anthems dedicated to Mother Earth

Where to volunteer in NYC
Things to do

Where to volunteer in NYC

Give back to the city by getting involved in environmental issues, animal care or helping the homeless

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Environmental artist Olafur Eliasson talks about his work and climate change
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Environmental artist Olafur Eliasson talks about his work and climate change

Where to buy all-natural beauty products in NYC
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Where to buy all-natural beauty products in NYC

You can get clothes for a $1 at one of the best thrift stores in NYC next month
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You can get clothes for a $1 at one of the best thrift stores in NYC next month

You can ride a Citi Bike for free on Saturday
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You can ride a Citi Bike for free on Saturday

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Sue M

See Christopher Swain swim the Gowanus Canal Superfund site in Brooklyn at 11 a.m., Sun., April 22nd. A clean water activist, Swain will swim upstream from the Hamilton St. bridge near the mouth of the Gowanus Canal, to the new waterfront park at 365 Bond St (just upstream of the Third St Bridge) in Brooklyn. He will protect himself from the toxic Superfund site by wearing a special canary-yellow, puncture resistant drysuit, swimcap, gloves and boots. www.SwimWithSwain.org