Born in Union Square, Earth Day Returns this Sunday

Children sweeping Union Square (1970) - Courtesy of the Associated Press

Children sweeping Union Square (1970) – Courtesy of the Associated Press

On April 22, 1970 the first Earth Day celebration took place at Union Square Park. Over 100,000 people are estimated to have attended those first celebrations as then Mayor John V. Lindsay and Parks Commissioner August Heckscher joined celebrities including Paul Newman and Ali McGraw in the park. This Sunday, the Earth Day celebrations return to Union Square Park on Sunday, April 21. Events will include live performances, a green-vehicle runway and exhibition, and displays by local and national environmental organizations, businesses, and corporate partners. All the events are free and open to the public.

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