Earth Day has come a long way from its “hippie holiday” beginnings. Today, cities and towns across the globe celebrate with everything from musical performances and organic food to information booths and volunteering opportunities. Earth Day festivities offer fun and education for hard-core environmentalists, beginners and everyone in between. Look for activities in your area the weekends before and after Earth Day on April 22.
In the city:
■ Earth Day Network’s flagship event on the National Mall in Washington, D.C., includes celebrities and activists.
■ This year’s 20th annual St. Louis Earth Day Festival includes a sustainable development symposium, cultural and family events.
■ In the Austin, Texas, area, go to free events planned at Republic Park on April 19.
■ For New York City events, go to www.earthdayny.org.
■ For Los Angeles events, visit www.earthdayla.org.
At the park:
Earth Day at Yosemite National Park is a weekend-long celebration of nature. Sample food, attend a seminar and go on a family nature walk.
Learn about the significance and history of Earth Day, and find celebrations near you.