Free and Green Earth Day Celebrations in Union Square

Enjoy a Car Free Broadway, Special Events, Plastic Cleanse and More


Ever since the inaugural Earth Day celebration in Union Square in 1970, our park and public plazas have continued to be a draw for thousands to celebrate Earth Day each year. Here's how you can celebrate Earth Day this year right here in Union Square.

Earth Day Initiative Celebration

On Tuesday, April 18th from 12 - 7 PM join Earth Day Initiative to meet environmental non-profits, green businesses, and enjoy kids' activities and live performances.


Car Free NYC

On the second annual Car Free NYC on Earth Day, April 22nd from 10 AM - 4 PM join Council Member Ydanis Rodriguez and the NYCDOT as they close down Broadway to cars from Times Square to Union Square. In Union Square's pedestrian plaza, enjoy free fitness with Paragon Sports and more.


Union Square Historical Walking Tour: Earth Day Edition

Learn how Mayor John Lindsay created New York City's first Earth Day celebration in Union Square on the special of edition of our free historical walking tour. Meet at the Abraham Lincoln Statue on 16th Street in Union Square Park on Saturday, April 22nd at 2 PM.


Union Square Greenmarket

Join GrowNYC for a plastic cleanse throughout the month of April while shopping at the Union Square Greenmarket. New Yorkers dispose of 9.37 billion carryout bags a year, most of which are not recycled.

On Monday, April 3rd, take the GreeNYC pledge at the market and you'll receive a free mug, bottle or bag to get you started.

On Saturdays April 8th and April 15th return your clean/dry and non-biodegradable/compostable plastic bags at the Union Square Greenmarket and receive 5 cents per bag after participating in a short survey about recycling habits.

Reusable bags are available for purchase at the Greenmarket and online here.

Starbright Floral Design

Community partner Starbright Floral Design is hosting a sidewalk sale at Buffalo Exchange (114 W 26th Street) in honor of Earth Day. Purchase a succulent for $5 and 40 percent of the proceeds will go to the Humane Society. If you make a purchase at the sale you'll also receive a voucher for a lifetime $10 discount on every purchase of $35 or more at Starbright.