50 Years of 420: Where to Celebrate Our Highest Holiday’s Golden Anniversary

50 Years of 420: Where to Celebrate Our Highest Holiday’s Golden Anniversary

While most in-person 420 events have been canceled this year – including San Francisco’s famous smoke-out on Hippie Hill – the show must go on. After all, this is no ordinary 4/20: this is the 50th anniversary of 420! 


Fully half a century ago, some high-school kids (or “high” school kids) known as The Waldos started the tradition of getting high after school at 4:20 in Marin County, Calif. Though we may not get the 4/20 party we wanted for this year, we still have options to celebrate and reasons to be optimistic.


Slowly but surely, restrictions are lifting, things are starting to open up again, gatherings and concerts will return in many places this summer, and the US is making great strides in vaccinations. 


But lockdowns won’t stop us from lighting up. Here’s a list of virtual 420 celebrations to keep the vibes high on our highest holiday.


The ArcView Group 420 Celebration, a cannabis investment network founded by Steve DeAngelo, is hosting a California-based virtual celebration along with The Waldos – the original high-school founders of the 420 tradition. Networking opportunities will be available after. Tuesday, April 20, 2021 4:00 PM – 7:00 PM PST. Free.


The 2nd Annual 420 Virtual Stoner Feast promises “dope energy, positive vibes and the hottest virtual event experience.” While this Washington-based gathering also features in-person activities until 8 PM, the virtual component ends at 6 PM. Tuesday, April 20, 2021 4:00 PM – 6:00 PM PST. Free; registration required. 


The Cannect (Virtual 4/20 Celebration), a Colorado-based gathering, will feature  a DJ, guest speakers and giveaways. Tuesday, April 20, 2021 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM PST. Free. 
Got 5 On It: Game Night – 420 Edition! For those who like to get high with a little help from a friendly competition, this long-standing game night from Explore Maryland Cannabis should be a fun way to puff, puff, pass the time. Tuesday, April 20, 2021 5:00 PM – 6:30 PM PST. $5.


Find more 4/20 events listed by state here – including a smattering of in-person soirees, and of course you won’t want to miss the epic deals, loaded goody bags, delicious eats and local beats we’ll have here at Doobie Nights on Tuesday!


This may well be our last 4/20 under lockdown restrictions. Despite the short-term memory loss we’ll be happily vaping our way toward, let’s make it unforgettable!

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