The National Park Service is going to be 100 years old on August 25th and you’re invited to its centennial celebration!
You and your family can commemorate the park service’s birthday by visiting one or more of our country’s national parks from August 25 through August 28. Park admission is waived at all national parks on all four days! With a national park in all 50 states, it’s easy to find a national park near you.
President Woodrow Wilson signed the act creating the National Park Service on August 25, 1916. At that time, there were just 35 national parks and monuments. Now the National Park System has 412 parks covering more than 84 million acres.
Besides the free park admission, there are lots of special events planned for the National Park Service’s centennial celebration at parks across the country. Check with your nearest national park to see what events they have scheduled.
You can also take advantage of entrance-fee-free park days on September 24, National Public Lands Day; and November 11, Veterans Day. In addition, the National Park Service traditionally waives admission on Martin Luther King Jr. Day and during National Park Week in April.
All fourth-grade students in the U.S. can get a free annual pass for all national parks through the Every Kid in a Park program. The free pass is good for fourth-graders and their families. Current students can get their fourth-grade passes starting September 1.
Did You Know…? It’s not commonly known that only about a third of the 400-plus properties within the National Park system charge an entrance fee. The vast majority of National Parks do not charge any entrance fee at all. So they are free all the time!