A Guide to 420 Celebrations Around the World

Cannabis is a widely beloved and hotly contested subject all over the world. However, there’s one thing that seems to bring all fans of marijuana consumption together no matter where they are in the world- 420. The term is often used to talk about anything related to marijuana, and 4:20 pm is widely recognized as a time to smoke the plant. So, on the date of 4/20- April 20th, cannabis users and supporters around the world rally together to celebrate and enjoy the use of marijuana. It’s essentially an unofficial holiday, and the celebrations that ensure on April 20th are always unique and interesting. Check out some of the biggest celebrations around the world.


Colorado was the first U.S. states to legalize the recreational use of marijuana, so it makes sense that it hosts some of the most exciting 420 celebrations. Rapper Snoop Dogg, an outspoken user and supporter of cannabis, is headlining a 420 festival called Wellness Retreat. The festival takes place near Denver and also features appearances from other musical celebrities like Migos and Lil Pump. In Boulder, it’s common to meet plenty of people celebrating 420 on the Norlin Quad, at the University of Colorado.


California legalized marijuana just a short two years after Colorado, and the state is well-known for cannabis culture. San Francisco is the de-facto capital of cannabis, home to the famous Hippie Hill celebration. Golden Gate Park transforms to Hippie Hill on 420, filling up with live music and cannabis enthusiasts all day long. A favorite San Francisco band, The Grateful Dead, is often credited with the popularization of the term 420, so the city tends to fully embrace the celebration on April 20th.


Cannabis in the Netherlands has been decriminalized for a long time since 1976, for recreational use. Amsterdam is full of “coffee shops” where marijuana is available for sale. Amsterdam has become well-known for its cannabis culture, and 420 is a perfect day to experience it. The Amsterdam 420 Festival happens each year, just outside of Amsterdam City Hall. Plus, most coffee shops in the city offer special 420 celebrations with live music and huge sales on marijuana and edibles.


Although cannabis in Canada was legalized for recreational use in October 2018, 420 has been widely accepted and celebrated for years. Toronto is one of the most marijuana-friendly cities and features several 420 events every year. Most clubs and bars in Toronto offer their own events, and there’s always a large gathering of people in Yonge-Dundas Square enjoying free live music and celebrating the holiday together.


The first legal 420 in Canada is a big deal, and Montreal locals are not hesitating to celebrate their hardest. Mount Royal Park is the 420 headquarters on April 20th, with weed smokers filling the park from dusk to dawn. Even in past years when marijuana was illegal, arrests were never made at Mount Royal Park, with the police deciding not to intervene. By all measurements, the Mount Royal gathering is a fun, peaceful, laid-back way to enjoy April 20th with plenty of like-minded people.

In conclusion, 420 is a fun holiday for anyone to celebrate- weed smoker or not. The gatherings that take place on April 20th every year are usually some of the most easygoing, mellow, and adventurous events. They often take place in parks, are completely free, and are a nice excuse to relax and enjoy the sunshine. If you happen to be traveling on April 20th and you find yourself in a place where cannabis has been legalized, why not join in on the fun?

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