2022 Earth Day Celebrations Around Charlotte | PHOTOS

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Get outside and active this Earth Day as celebrations of nature and sustainability practices take over the Charlotte region.

Always on April 22nd, Earth Day is an annual global event that recognizes the environmental movement and raises awareness on pollution and how to maintain a clean habitat.

Earth Day was first celebrated in 1970 when United States senator from Wisconsin Gaylord Nelson organized a national demonstration to raise awareness about environmental issues.

“We only have one earth, so we need to take care of her,” according to Nelson.

Check out the list of Earth Day events happening around the Charlotte area below:

Earth Day Recycling Event & Movie Night in Ballantyne’s Backyard

11611 N. Community House Road, Charlotte, N.C. 28277

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  • Meet at Ballantyne’s Backyard for a shredding and recycling demo with Keep Charlotte Beautiful followed by a screening of Disney Pixar classic, WALL-E, at 5 p.m.
  • The evening will include food trucks, local beer, green-friendly activities and more family-friendly fun.
  • Officials say dinner and drinks will be available for purchase onsite.

Anne Springs Close Greenway, Get Close to Nature Celebration

2573 Lake Haigler Drive, Fort Mill, S.C. 29715

  • Kick off the three-day Earth Day Celebration at Anne Springs Close Greenway in Fort Mill, S.C. with their Greenway Speaker Series.
  • Officials say Blair Braverman, dogsledder and author, will present “Tales for the Dogsled Trail” beginning at 6:30 p.m. on April 22nd.
  • The evening will also include live music, a pre-social event, and book signing.
  • Parking is $5 per vehicle.
  • Attendees are asked to bring their own chair or blanket.
  • Officials say the Gateway Canteen will be open and serving a full menu.

Charlotte Earth Day Celebration at First Ward Park 

 

301 East 7th Street, Charlotte, N.C. 28202

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  • From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on April 23rd join Wildlife Stewards as they celebrate Earth Day in Charlotte’s First Ward neighborhood.
  • Officials say stewards will exhibit the elements of a wildlife habitat and chat with visitors about how they can create or enhance one of their own as part of Earth Day Charlotte.

Earth Day with Kids In Nature Day at Squirrel Lake Park in Matthews

1631 Pleasant Plains Road, Matthews, N.C. 28105

  • Come to Squirrel Park in Matthews, N.C. to celebrate Earth Day with Kids In Nature Day!
  • The celebration will take place Saturday, April 23rd from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.
  • Presented in partnership with Habitat and Wildlife Keepers (HAWK) and Great Outdoors University, activities include eco-friendly exhibits and vendors, hikes and scavenger hunts, nature crafts, and STEM activities

Earth Jam at Robbins Park in Cornelius

17738 W. Catawba Avenue, Cornelius, N.C. 28031

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  • Participants of all ages are invited to enjoy this free, green-friendly event from 4:30 p.m. until 7:30 p.m. on April 30th at Robbins Park in Cornelius.
  • The evening will feature live music, crafts, nature walks, local beer and wine, and more.
  • Officials say local businesses will also be on-site to showcase their environmentally friendly products and services.
    • Concessions: Coco’s Cuisine LKN , LeeAnn’s Deli.
    • Breweries/Wineries: D9 Brewing, Dover Vineyards, Eleven Lakes Brewing.

SoilSHOP Event at Les Myers Park in Concord

338 Lawndale Avenue SE, Concord, N.C. 28025

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  • From 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. on Friday, April 22nd the City of Concord will host a free SoilSHOP at Les Myers Park.
  • The event will give attendees the opportunity to learn from local experts about safe gardening practices, composting, water conservation, native plants and more.
  • Officials say activities include: local vendors, free soil screenings, one-on-one health education about the hazards of lead, free blood pressure checks, and free paper yard waste bag giveaway.

Kings Mountain: Earth Day at the Gateway Trail 

807 S. Battleground Avenue, Kings Mountain, N.C. 28086

  • On Saturday, April 30th from 11 a.m. until 3 p.m. the community is invited to meet at Kings Mountain Gateway Trail to learn ways to protect and appreciate the environment.
  • Survivalist, Spencer Bolejack of Discovery Channel’s Hillybilly Blood will make a guest appearance.
  • Tonal Spectrum, Crest High School’s Acapella group will also perform.
  • Officials say the event includes music, face painting, entertainment and more.

For more ways to appreciate Earth Day check out this list of 15 amazing hikes within 50 miles of Charlotte.