Americans flocked to the parks Thursday to celebrate 4/20, a holiday that revolves around the celebration of marijuana.
From coast to coast, people light recreationally indoors and in gardens in major cities with other herb enthusiasts in their area.
In New York City, hundreds gathered in Washington Square Park to shoot through the fog in interesting and somewhat unconventional ways.
Meanwhile, on the other side of the country, San Francisco music icon Erykah Badu has served as grand marshal of marijuana, telling thousands of smokers to “put your weed in the air” at exactly 4.20pm.
The holiday dates back to 1971 and theories vary as to how it began, from the adoption of Bob Dylan’s song “Rainy Day Women” to the police symbol.
Americans across the country flocked to parks Thursday to celebrate 4/20, a holiday all about celebrating marijuana.
A person takes a hit from a pong-type smoke machine on a 4/20 or Weed Day in New York City
A man smokes hashish at the Jazz Dispensary during a 4/20 Day celebration in Los Angeles
During Thursday’s festivities in New York, marijuana lovers came decked out in clothes and weed in various shapes.
One video shows a man dressed in a Super Mario Brothers costume lighting a contraption that then blows marijuana smoke into a large crowd, filled with people taping.
Another video from Washington Square Park shows a man smoking a scream that appears to have at least feet.
“Yo, what the f**k New York, bro,” the person recording was heard to say
One clip from a New York City street shows a man walking around in a tan business suit with huge bushes on his head, neck, and collar.
“Frank Walk” hardly turned the heads of those who walked by.
Across the country, San Franciscans nodded to the sound of Badou’s music as she sang.
“For a lot of us, this is our medicine,” she told the audience, according to her listing SF portal.
The ‘On & On’ singer said this a**t is here to take you somewhere higher.
The 420 Hippie Hill event was held in the famous Golden Gate Park and included music, food trucks, vendors, and of course, marijuana.
Someone smoking marijuana from a great joint on 4/20 or Weed Day in Washington Square Park
A man in New York City holds a birthday cake with marijuana weed for candles
Marijuana plant inscribed on the American flag by a weed smoker in New York City
Stoned? Many people took a break on the lawn in Washington Square Park
A man carries a hunk of cannabis during the 4/20 celebration in Denver, Colorado
A man smokes a joint outside a dispensary in Los Angeles on 4/20
To the south, Denver city officials have prepared for about 40,000 people to arrive at Civic Center Park for the annual Mile High 420 Festival.
The event was open only to smokers 21 and over, and included food and music, much like the San Francisco affair.
The festival has come out with big names like Rick Ross, Vivio Foren, Waka Flocka Flame, and others.
Host was not another Tommy Chong, best known for his role in comedy duo Cheech & Chong.
The only thing that was not on the agenda for the event was marijuana, as consumption is illegal in public.
Festival organizers warned that “Anyone caught distributing marijuana or using any illegal substances at the event may be removed from the event by local authorities.”
Marijuana is currently legal in nearly half of all US states as of 2023.
The results of two polls indicate that support for legal cannabis in the United States is now higher than support for cigarettes. The data is shown above
The above shows cannabis use across the US states. Twenty-one states and metropolitan areas have legalized it for recreational use in addition to medical use, while all of them now allow it to be used for medicinal purposes.
The data showed that cannabis use among those under the age of 30 has now reached a record high. It’s rising across all age groups as more and more states move to drop drug restrictions