Save the Date for April 20, 2019!

On Saturday, April 21, 2018, the City’s Solid Waste Division hosted the 18th Annual Earth Day Celebration. Events included a parade hosted by KU Environs,  South Park tree identification tours hosted by the Parks & Recreation Department and live music at the Gazebo. There were 40 exhibitors and 5 local food vendors – including the Bike Valet sponsored by the Lawrence-Douglas County Health Department. The Lawrence Transit System offered free rides all day, providing the experience and benefits of public transportation on all fixed routes.

The purpose of the Earth Day Celebration is to gather community members to connect, discover, and celebrate local organizations and businesses who support a healthy, sustainable environment. At the same time, the Celebration engages event goers with fun activities and exhibitions.

To view photo albums of the 18th Annual Earth Day Parade & Celebration, click here!

For more 2018 event information, please read the 2018 Event Report.


  • The Parade for the Earth is hosted by KU Environs, and will go from 8th Street to South Park along Massachusetts Street. Staging for the parade begins at 10:30 a.m.

CELEBRATION IN SOUTH PARK – Click event map below to enlarge.

  • 11:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
  • South Park at 11th & Massachusetts Street
  • The celebration in the park features live music, food, vendors and children’s activities. Attendees are invited to learn from exhibits about waste reduction, recycling, composting, energy conservation, land preservation, wildlife and habitat preservation, and more.



The Lawrence TTransit Logoransit System will offer free rides on the T all day Saturday, April 21, providing the experience and benefits of public transportation on all fixed routes. To get help planning a route or for more information, call (785) 864-4644 or visit to view schedules.




Activities & Entertainment

  • Live Music from 12:30-4:30 PM @ the South Park Gazebo
    • Barry “Washboard” Barnes, percussion & spoken word
    • Jeremy McClain, solo accordion
    • Women’s Persistence Choir
    • KT/DG, flutey pop
    • Sugarfoot Detour, folk rock
  • Free Bike Valet with the Health Department
  • South Park Tree I.D. Tours led by Lawrence Parks & Recreation at 12:30, 1:30, and 2:30
  • ReCycle Cycle

Food Vendors






Earth Day Parade & Celebration 2017 (PDF)

Earth Day Parade & Celebration 2016 (PDF)