The day when the vast majority of conscious citizens of the USA gather together in local and federal parks or any other environmental places, holding one big aim, which is to keep America more beautiful, is the first Saturday after Labor Say. In American history, this day is known as Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day and in the year 2017, it will be observed on 9th September.

Historical background

Back to history of Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day holiday, it was established, in the early 1980s, by the resident of Greers Ferry Lake area in Arkansas, who managed to organize a project called the Greers Ferry/Little Red River Cleanup, encourage volunteers to take part in this project and coordinate them in cleaning up the area around Greers Ferry Lake. His idea to keep the local community clean and his efforts to spread this idea across other communities has become so popular and successful that soon not only local communities but more and more states started to back up Mr. Garner’s project and arrange their own public lands cleanup day projects.

Soon, in 1985, the holiday called Federal Lands National Cleanup Day was officially created by the Federal Lands Cleanup Act and “Great Arkansas Cleanup” organized by Carl Garner had served as a source of inspiration for its establishment. However, this name for the holiday didn’t last for a long time and in ten years, in 1995, the Committee on Energy and Natural Resources recommended to rename the holiday in order to honor its founder Carl Garner. Since March 29, 1995, the first Saturday after Labor Day is called Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day.


The holiday is devoted to raise the people’s awareness of environmental protection and to preserve the beauty and safety of all the local, federal and private lands of the USA as well as to improve the conditions of nature and teach the population to be more environmentally friendly. Though Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day is not a federal holiday, it is encouraged to be observed nationwide. Annually on this day, the President issues a proclamation aimed at calling people to support the cleanup day projects and take part in activities and ceremonies prepared specifically for the holiday.

It is our responsibility to keep our country clean. It’s we, who are in charge of improving recreation areas, local and federal parks, trails, waterways and etc. and maintaining their beauty and purity. Let’s be conscious of where we litter and leave trash. Let’s celebrate Carl Garner Federal Lands Cleanup Day in a way that will make the environment we live in better!