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Earth Day events kick off around DC; rally to shut down several area streets on Saturday

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser and her staff handed out "Seeds of State" cards to riders at Metro stations around the city for several events that kicked off for Earth Day which starts Saturday. Friday, April 21, 2017 (ABC7 photo)

Several events began around Washington, D.C. on Friday to celebrate Earth Day which begins this weekend.

Mayor Muriel Bowser and her staff handed out "Seeds of State" cards to riders at Metro stations around the city.

At a few office buildings in D.C., Earth Day served as an opportunity for workers to recycle their unwanted electronics.

On Friday in the Ronald Reagan Building, the Smithsonian sponsored what officials called "The Earth Optimism Summit."

Several road closures will be in place in downtown D.C. Saturday as the 2017 Earth Day Rally is set to take place.

The following streets are scheduled to be closed between 6 a.m. and 3 p.m., according to dc.gov.

- Constitution Avenue, NW, from 18th Street to 14th Street, NW

- 17th Street, NW, between Independence and New York Ave, NW

- 15th Street, NW, between Independence and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

- Madison Drive, NW, from14th Street to 15th Street, NW

- Jefferson Drive, NW, from 14th Street to 15th Street, NW

- Raul Wallenberg Place, NW, from Maine Avenue to Independence Avenue, NW

Rolling street closures will start around 2 p.m. until 3 p.m.

- Constitution Avenue NW from 18th Street NW to 3rd Street NW (onto US Capitol jurisdiction)

This story has been updated.

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