Clean the Bay Day

May 31 - June 5
Clean the Bay Day is a true Virginia Beach tradition and an annual opportunity for families, military installations, businesses, clubs, civic or church groups to come together for a common cause - clean water.​ Help the Chesapeake Bay Foundation in their mission to Save the Bay!

About Clean the Bay Day

 We are happy to announce the 2021 Clean the Bay Day is a go! On behalf of the Chesapeake Bay Foundation, we ask for your partnership and support as we take on moving this historic event to a COVID safe platform and making the 31st annual Clean the Bay Day a memorable time for everyone.  ​​
Each year, on the first Saturday of June, Virginia Beach residents simultaneously descend on the rivers, streams, beaches as well as land-based properties of the Chesapeake Bay watershed to remove harmful litter and debris. Since the origination of the event in 1989, approximately 152,000 Virginia volunteers have donated their time and energy towards the Clean the Bay Day event which has resulted in having removed more than 6.5 million pounds of debris from more than 7,390 miles of shoreline. Established 30 years ago, Clean the Bay Day is a true Virginia Beach tradition and an annual opportunity for families, military installations, businesses, clubs, civic or church groups to give back to our environment. 

​​Get Involved

Please take the time to review the changes we have made to this year’s Clean the Bay Day event to ensure safe, responsible, and meaningful clean-ups. 

    • The 2021 event will last 6 days: Monday, May 31st to Saturday, June 5th.   
    • The six-day event gives participants the flexibility to do a litter clean-up anytime during that six-day period. This also ensures that participants will not be convening at the same time allowing them to adhere to social distancing regulations.  
    • Participants will be required to pre-register for the clean-up, which can be done up until the last day, June 5th at noon, by visiting to register. 
    • Participants will NOT be registering under a specific clean-up site as we have done in the past. During that six-day period, participants have the flexibility to do a litter clean-up at any public location or private property where permission has been given.  
    • To promote healthy competition between localities, schools, and communities, we will have a team registration page where individual team members can log their total litter pickup numbers under one group.   
    • Zone Captains will not be used this year since participants will not be gathering together at a clean-up location at a designated time. Participants may go to a location, where permission has been given, at a time of their choosing. No onsite supervision will be required. 
    • Two weeks prior to Monday, May 31st, the participant will receive an email that contains a list and map of all public and approved private sites available and a link to a survey for data collection after they have completed their clean-up. Registration is required in order to receive this information.  
    • All activities must be done safely and must adhere to the current Virginia COVID-19 guidelines as seen on   
    • An alternative, if litter pick up is not an option, a participant can commit to build a rain barrel or plant a native plant during the six-days. 


For more information, to register, or to arrange a time to pick up litter bags for Clean the Bay Day, contact or visit
For questions about volunteering in Virginia Beach, contact​.

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