The 10 Best Places to Celebrate Earth Day in South Carolina!

With all the natural resources we consume to fuel our society, Earth Day presents the perfect opportunity to give back a little bit of what we’ve taken. It’s a time to reflect on our impact on our planet, and to consider how we can improve our actions to ensure a sustainable future. And while it might not be an official holiday, Earth Day still ranks as one of the most important holidays of the year. And here are 10 best spots you can celebrate Earth Day in South Carolina.

1. Spartanburg Earth Day Festival, Spartanburg, SC

Earth Day may be day dedicated to green, but at Spartanburg’s Earth Day Festival, all colors abound during its cornerstone art competition. This exhibit focuses on an earthy theme each year to raise awareness for the environment we share. In addition to the colorful pieces of local art, visitors can take part in children’s activities and cooking demos, watch short information films, and enjoy live entertainment.

2. Earth Day Birthday, Rock Hill, SC

Yes, even our planet gets to enjoy a birthday, and Rock Hill can plan a birthday bash like no other! With 40 plus educational exhibits, games, crafts, animals, demonstrations, planetarium programs and more, visitors can step into a whole day’s worth of fun for the whole family without spending a dime (unless you get hungry, of course). And even though it is technically a party, the only gift you need to bring is your resolution to go green.

3. Earth Day, Sumter, SC

What better way to celebrate a day all about the earth than surrounded by Mother Nature’s beauty at Swan Lake Iris Gardens? Here, it’s all about the color green. This free event features more than 30 booths, including vendors who sell recycled and sustainable products, along with live music and other activities for guests of all ages.

4. Earth Day Festival, North Charleston, SC

North Charleston has kept a special Earth Day event on its social calendar for 18 years and counting. The city sees it as an opportunity to educate its public about environmental issues through hands-on science. It’s a great festival for both kids and adults, not to mention it’s free!

5. Earth Day Celebration, Hilton Head Island, SC

Experience Green is a group of folks dedicated to a greener tomorrow in their community. Each year, the group hosts a Green Resource Expo alongside other activities in celebration of Earth Day to encourage others to take pride in the environmental friendliness of the Lowcountry.

6. Earth Day Celebration on the Greenway, Fort Mill, SC

Get ready to spend your whole day here, as there is always plenty to see and do. Nature hikes, horse rides, animal exhibits, vendor booths, and even a recycled runway fashion show, this event is a great way to increase community awareness and involvement for a greener tomorrow.

7. Earth Day Music Fest, North Myrtle Beach, SC

Ten years later and this event is still going strong. The event takes place the week after Earth Day, but the go green game is as strong as ever. The Diabetes 5K starts the day’s festivities at the Myrtle Beach Speedway, followed by live bands throughout the day and a health & wellness expo.

8. Children’s Museum of the Upstate, Greenville, SC

Greenville is one of the top cities in all of South Carolina to celebrate Earth Day, having earned itself a spot on LeafFilter North Inc.’s list of best Earth Day celebrations last year. Greenville partners with the Children’s Museum of the Upstate to make Earth Day fun for children of all ages, and creates unique planet-friendly experiences that teach children how to care for their environment.

9. Earth Day Aiken, Aiken, SC

This is one of the largest Earth Day events in the state, with over 100 vendors and exhibitors educating the public on best practices to keep our planet safe. There are plenty of activities to make the trip worthwhile, including a bounce house, puppet shows, live demonstration, and crafts. It’s a positive family atmosphere and a fun way to raise awareness about what’s happening in our environment.

10. Spring into Earth Day, Chester, SC

Come seek the expert advice of master gardeners and other vendors as they promote best practices for caring for our earth. In addition, you can check out educational exhibits, activities, and games while you make your way through the farmers & artisans market. And don’t forget to take some flowers home with you!

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