How to Celebrate Earth Day 2016 in D.C.

One of the highlights of spring is Earth Day, and in the D.C. region there is no shortage of fun activities and events designed to help raise awareness about the health of our planet.

Earth Day celebrates its 50th anniversary on April 22. In the coming weeks, here are a few ways you can have fun and do your part to improve D.C.’s natural environment:

Earth Day 2016 With NASA

From 9:30 AM til 5:00 PM on Friday the 22nd you can celebrate Earth Day at Union Station with astronauts and scientists from NASA. The free, all-day event will include exhibits, live demonstrations, speeches and a chance to get an autograph from a NASA astronaut.

Anacostia Watershed Society’s 2016 Earth Day Cleanup

Over 2,000 volunteers this year will be cleaning neighborhoods, parks and streams at various sites around D.C., Montgomery County and Prince George’s County, Maryland. The cleanup takes place on April 23 from 9:00 AM until 12:00 PM. Following the cleanup, there will be an Earth Day Celebration from 12:00 PM until 2:00 PM at RFK Stadium. Volunteers will receive a free t-shirt and complimentary lunch at the post-cleanup celebration. Those interested can register to volunteer at the Anacostia Watershed Society website.

Alexandria Earth Day 2016

The city of Alexandria will be hosting its own Earth Day celebration the week after Earth Day, on Saturday April 30 at Lenny Harris Memorial Fields at Braddock Park. Between 10 AM and 2 PM, attendees can enjoy educational exhibits, live music, food trucks, and the Upcycling Showcase, a demonstration in which students showcase their own personal interpretation of Earth Day using art.

DC Area Hotels for Earth Day 2016

If you’re planning on traveling to D.C. to participate in Earth Day events or are looking at hotels in DC for any other reason, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites Alexandria – Fort Belvoir is a wonderful choice. At this Holiday Inn Express location you can enjoy a complimentary shuttle to the Huntington Metro Station, free Wi-Fi and the Express Start hot and cold breakfast bar. After you take care of the earth, take care of yourself and stay at the Holiday Inn Express Alexandria – Fort Belvoir.

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