The Origin of 4/20

Updated: Jun 24

A short story of how 4/20 became a stoner holiday.

The Origin of 4/20

In 1971, five high school students in Marin County, Calif., created a ritual for getting high. They would meet at 4:20—when most after-school activities were done—and smoke near a specific wall outside of their school, earning them the nickname the “Waldos.” The number became a code for meeting up. Then the friends would venture out into the nearby Point Reyes National Seashore to find cannabis plants rumoured to have been abandoned. 4:20 was born.

In December 1990, Deadheads in Oakland, Calif. passed out flyers encouraging everyone to “smoke pot hard-core” at 4:20, but they didn’t stop there.Now, there’s something even more grand than getting baked at 4:20, the flyer read. “We’re talking about the day of celebration, the real time to get high, the grand master of all holidays: 4/20 or April 20th.”

Thus, 4:20 and April 20 became forever marked as weed day.

Dagga Couple D.Day4.20 Event

The Dagga Couple host the biggest annual 4/20 party in South Africa. They also vocal about the legalization of weed. D.Day4.20 started off as a free street party in Maboneng Precinct, Johannesburg in 2013. The reason for the D.Day title was we we weren’t allowed to put the word ‘Dagga’ on the original flyer for Dagga Day.


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