The focus of this article is US-wide or large scale events which have the potential for large scale active and participatory involvement by community groups and active citizens. They'll tend to be free or low cost events. 2016 dates unless otherwise shown.
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January[edit | edit source]
19, 2015 - MLK Day of Service W. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King's birthday, January 15. MLKDay.gov
21 - National Hug Day W. Annual event created by Kevin Zaborney, to encourage everyone to hug family and friends more often.
February[edit | edit source]
1 - March 28, 2015 - RecycleMania W. RecycleMania is a friendly competition and benchmarking tool for college and university recycling programs to promote waste reduction activities to their campus communities. Over an 8- week period each spring, schools report recycling and trash data which are then ranked according to collected recyclables per capita, total recyclables, recycling rate, and the least amount of trash per capita. RecycleMania,
2 - May 1, 2015 - National Green Week. Schools and groups are encouraged to take this opportunity to spend time with students discussing sustainability topics and exploring ways they can make a difference. National Green Week, Green Education Foundation
March[edit | edit source]
no events as yet
April[edit | edit source]
12 - 18, 2015 - National Volunteer Week, National Volunteer Week, Points of Light
19, 2015 - National Hanging Out Day, National Hanging Out Day, Project Laundry List
24, 2015 - Arbor Day W. National Arbor Day is celebrated every year on the last Friday in April, but many states observe Arbor Day on different dates according to their best tree-planting times. The customary observance is to plant a tree. Arbor Day Dates Across America
26, 2014 - Neighborday, Neighboring, GOOD
May[edit | edit source]
9, 2015 - International Migratory Bird Day W. Conservation initiative that brings awareness on conserving migratory birds and their habitats throughout the Western Hemisphere. IMBD officially takes place on the second Saturday in May in the U.S. and Canada and on the second Saturday of October in Mexico, Central and South America, and the Caribbean each year. Recognizing that this date does not work well for all places or for the migratory birds themselves - sites host these programs at their convenience throughout the year. Bird Day
27, 2014 - National Day of Civic Hacking. If community engagement’s on your agenda, take advantage of National Day of Civic Hacking. Many think this is just a day for the tech community to creates shiny new apps for civic good, but it’s more than that — it’s a venue for local governments to connect with residents and discuss the function of basic services. Whether it’s government departments or community groups organizing the local events the objective remains consistent — improve public service. Code for America
June[edit | edit source]
July[edit | edit source]
27 - 31, 2017 Transition US National Gathering
August[edit | edit source]
no events as yet
September[edit | edit source]
National Public Lands Day ( , ) Annual event which promotes both popular enjoyment and volunteer conservation of public lands. In addition to National Public Lands Day being a fee-free day (free entry day) at many federally managed lands, volunteers who participate at federal land sites are rewarded with coupons for free entry into their favorite federal public land areas that have entrance fees.
October[edit | edit source]
13 - 19, 2014 - New Economy Week, New Economy Week, New Economy Coalition
November[edit | edit source]
15' - America Recycles Day W. Annual event. Thousands of events are held across the U.S. to raise awareness about the importance of recycling and to encourage American to sign personal pledges to recycle and buy products made from recycled materials. America Recycles Day
27, 2015 - Buy Nothing Day W, "a day for society to examine the issue of over-consumption", and kick off a season of supporting local economy and family. In North America, Buy Nothing Day is held on the Friday after U.S. Thanksgiving (a day earlier than the international day), Activities.
December[edit | edit source]
no events as yet