Open Streets: Car-Free Earth Day

Car-Free Earth Day is an annual car-free event hosted by NYC DOT. Programming is presented at signature locations citywide, to promote activism and education surrounding climate change, sustainability, and other relevant topics.

2024 Car-Free Earth Day – Coming Soon!

Get Involved

Do you love New York City? Are you passionate about the environment, health and fitness, or arts and culture? If you answer yes to any of these questions, consider partnering with us on future events and help make the streets come alive with exciting programming and activities!

If you are interested in being a partner for 2024 Car-Free Earth Day, please complete our survey:

2024 Car-Free Earth Day Interested Partner Survey

Brand Sponsors

Corporate entities may submit ideas for event sponsorship of Car-Free Earth Day at varying levels. All event sponsorship inquiries may be emailed to


First launched in 2016, Car-Free Earth Day originally converted select Manhattan streets into public plazas and car-free streets for pedestrians, cyclists, and local businesses.

Car-Free Earth Day has expanded to locations throughout the five boroughs – connecting Open Streets, plazas, and accessing over 1,000 miles of NYC's Bike Network! Environmental programming is offered by City agencies and community organizations along the routes to promote activism and education surrounding climate change, sustainability and other relevant topics. NYC DOT is proud to partner with local artists to bring exciting performances to the event.

Visit NYC DOT’s Flickr for images of past Car-Free Earth Day events,

Multiple people gather on a street closed to vehicular traffic and participate in various activities during Car-Free Earth Day.