Earth Day Celebration

2021 Earth Day Celebration

Earth Day Celebration

Celebrate Earth Day with Durham Parks and Recreation! Enjoy concerts and conservation talks from the comfort of your vehicle or bring your own chairs and sit directly in front of your vehicle in the marked space provided.

Event Details

Saturday, April 24, 2021
11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., 1:30 p.m.-3 p.m., or 4:30 p.m.-6 p.m.
Gates open one hour before your scheduled event time.
Durham County Memorial Stadium Parking Lot, 750 Stadium Drive

Event Registration

This is a free event, but preregistration is required. Reserve your parking spot beginning Friday, March 26 at 9 a.m. Three different timeslots will be offered. Each timeslot will accommodate up to 80 vehicles. Cars are limited to 4 people, so please plan accordingly! 

Register online beginning Friday, March 26. Registration will be available through Thursday, April 22, or until all spaces are filled.

Earth Day Performance Schedule

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Schedule

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. PerformancesDetails

Kids in America

Kids in America is a high-energy, power-packed, ultra-fun, 6 piece band paying tribute to the totally awesome 1980s. They cover all genres from this timeless decade. New wave, pop, dance and rock, rock ballads, and more.
Conservation Topic: Water Connects Us All
Speaker: Laura Webb Smith, Public Information and Communications Analyst, City of Durham Public Works Department
Journey through time and space to learn about how water's journey intersects with our own. Learn helpful tips about how we can all ensure this valuable resource will support healthy living.
Carolina Soul Band
The Carolina Soul Band will take you on an exciting journey through the musical history of Motown, Beach, and Soul Music! You'll be clapping, dancing, and singing along with all your favorite songs of the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s.
Conservation Topic: Creating an Earth-Conscious Community While Having Fun!
Speaker: Hillary Harrison, Director of Education and Outreach, Eno River Association
How do we know if our neighborhood, our community, or even our Earth is healthy? Through fun, hands-on learning we begin to understand and care deeply about our environment. When we learn more about the natural world and our effect on it, we create an Earth-conscious community with a common goal. Learn ways you can become more knowledgeable and help our community and our Earth while having fun in the outdoors!


1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. Schedule

1:30 p.m.-3 p.m. PerformancesDetails
Kids in America
Kids in America is a high-energy, power-packed, ultra-fun, 6 piece band paying tribute to the totally awesome 1980s. They cover all genres from this timeless decade. New wave, pop, dance and rock, rock ballads, and more.
Conservation Topic: Water Connects Us All
Speaker: Laura Webb Smith, Public Information and Communications Analyst, City of Durham Public Works Department
Journey through time and space to learn about how water's journey intersects with our own. Learn helpful tips about how we can all ensure this valuable resource will support healthy living.
Carolina Soul Band
The Carolina Soul Band will take you on an exciting journey through the musical history of Motown, Beach, and Soul Music! You'll be clapping, dancing, and singing along with all your favorite songs of the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s.
Conservation Topic: How the City of Durham & GoDurham Are Investing In Electric Buses To Help Achieve Climate & Equity Goals Speaker: Rochelle Parent, Assistant Director of Mobility, City of DurhamThe City of Durham and GoDurham are in the first stage of easing the City's first two new electric buses into its majority-diesel fleet. This initiative is the first step towards the City's intent to start greening Durham's public transportation system and electrifying GoDurham's fleet. We will discuss why the investment in electric vehicles is important now and how these investments provide an opportunity for positive environmental impact and increased equity for the City of Durham.


4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. Schedule

4:30 p.m.-6 p.m. PerformancesDetails
Kids in America
Kids in America is a high-energy, power-packed, ultra-fun, 6 piece band paying tribute to the totally awesome 1980s. They cover all genres from this timeless decade. New wave, pop, dance and rock, rock ballads, and more.
Conservation Topic: Water Connects Us All
Speaker: Laura Webb Smith, Public Information and Communications Analyst, City of Durham Public Works Department
Journey through time and space to learn about how water's journey intersects with our own. Learn helpful tips about how we can all ensure this valuable resource will support healthy living.
Carolina Soul Band
The Carolina Soul Band will take you on an exciting journey through the musical history of Motown, Beach, and Soul Music! You'll be clapping, dancing, and singing along with all your favorite songs of the '50s, '60s, '70s, '80s, and '90s.
Conservation Topic: Biodiversity
Speaker: Tania Dautlick, Executive Director, Keep Durham Beautiful, Inc.
Biodiversity is the variety of life in a particular habitat or ecosystem. A biodiverse ecosystem is productive and resilient, where each species, no matter how small, has an important role to play. Greater species diversity ensures natural sustainability for all life forms. Learn why Biodiversity matters and how you can help observe and preserve the natural biodiversity in Durham.

Paper Shredding

Event attendees will have access to free paper shredding services! On your way into the event, drop off up to two boxes of paper that will fit in a standard-sized trunk for shredding.

If you will not be attending the Earth Day Celebration but would like to drop off documents for shredding we will have two timeslots available for drop-off only at the Durham County Memorial Stadium Parking Lot. This service is being offered for free, but preregistration is required. The drive-through drop-off is limited to two boxes of paper that will fit in a standard-size trunk.

Register online for paper shredding beginning Friday, March 26. Please note, this is for drop-off only, and does not provide access to the event! Select from two timeslots at 11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. or 1:45 p.m.-2:45 p.m.

Items that CAN be shredded:

  • Office paper (any color)
  • Manila folders
  • Envelopes (these do not need to be opened and emptied)
  • Receipts
  • Staples
  • Paper clips
  • Rubber bands

Additional Information:

  • Boxes/containers will be returned to your trunk.
  • You are permitted to sit in your car and wait until your items are being shredded if you choose to.

Items that CANNOT be shredded:

  • 3-ring binders
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Binder clips
  • Hanging file folders
  • Garbage of any kind
  • Newspapers
  • Credit cards
  • CDs
  • Cardboard
  • Magazines
  • Telephone books
  • Hardcover books

Food Trucks

The following food trucks will be available so be sure to bring your appetite or feel free to pack your own picnic.  

  • Party in a Pita
  • Magnificent Concessions
  • FatBoys Kitchen
  • Bruster's Real Ice Cream

Important Safety Information

You must remain in your car or in the space provided in front of your car unless you are visiting a food truck or the restroom. When outside of your vehicle, masks are required.  

Volunteer

Learn more about our Earth Day Celebration volunteer opportunities through ivolunteer.

Inclement Weather

The Earth Day Celebration is rain or shine. 

Events may be canceled in the case of severe inclement weather. Cancellation updates will be posted on this page, Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram. Event status updates can also be accessed by calling the weather line at 919-560-4636, and pressing Number 8.

Event Contact

For event information, email Kristin Perez or call 919-560-4355.

The City of Durham assumes no responsibility for injury, property loss, illness, or damage of any kind. City Staff reserve the right to adopt or change any rule at any time, with or without notice, to best serve our customer and staff's safety as well as our best business practice.