Drop A Rock Day — how to celebrate in Huntsville

A rock painted with swirling blue and purple paint, with a black butterfly in the center that has blue and purple wings.
You can bring a pop of color to someone’s day! (Curtis Venetta / Hville Blast)

Drop A Rock Day is celebrated every year on July 3, and it’s all about sharing kindness with others through our individual creativity. You don’t have to be a world-class artist to take part in this holiday — although, if you’re more into the rock-hunting aspect, you can have fun no matter how you participate.

Founded by The Word Rocks Project in 2015 and sponsored by The Kindness Rock Project, Drop A Rock Day is meant to spread hope, love and fun around the world. While it’s recognized on July 3, people continue the tradition year-round.

If you’re interested in contributing to Drop A Rock Day, here’s how:

1. Find a rock and paint it

A rock painted to look like the scene of a campfire, complete with a starry sky, a red tent, a fire and green trees.
Here’s a rock I painted a few years ago, if you need inspiration. (Curtis Venetta / Hville Blast)

Each year, people are encouraged to design a rock that reflects the theme of the year, and the theme of 2023 is Kindness Matters.

The first step is finding the perfect rock for your canvas — preferably one with a flat side. Then, grab some paint and unleash your creativity! Write words of affirmation, an uplifting quote or just paint a little picture with some bright colors.

2. Drop your rock anywhere

Kindness Rock Garden sign in Washington Park. "Take one when you need it, share one with a friend, leave one to help our garden grow."
The Huntsville Kindness Rocks Garden in Washington Park is a perfect spot to drop a rock. (Curtis Venetta / Hville Blast)

Now, find a spot to drop your rock. Be creative in choosing where to drop, but don’t make it too hard to find. We recommend giving the Huntsville Kindness Rocks Garden in Washington Park.

3. Search for another rock to take home

Kindness Rock Garden in Washington Park for Drop A Rock Day
Whether a rock simply has a cool design or words that you needed to hear, be sure to pick it up. (Curtis Venetta / Hville Blast)

Lastly, find another rock that speaks to you. If you’d like, you can share this new rock, or restart the cycle paint a whole new one.

Share the rocks you find and tag us @hvilleblast — have a happy Drop A Rock Day, Huntsville!

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