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Free Admission Days to Our National Parks

The National Park Service celebrates 100 years in 2016 and January 18th is the first free admission day of the year.

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Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2016:

  • January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 16 through 24: National Park Week
  • August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 24: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

With 409 National Parks available to everyone, every day, these fee-free days provide an awesome opportunity to visit an old favorite or create new memories, including the 127 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all of the time. Plan your visit and enjoy our country’s awesome landscapes, or those that celebrate our vibrant culture and rich history.

Although our National Parks offer an economical getaway or experience (with entrance fees that range from $3 to $30), these fee-free days make parks even more accessible to more people. Also, any fourth grade student can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid in a Park program, and active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability can also get free passes. Annual passes are a great way to save money on entrance fees — other than on fee-free days — and serve as a great way to support our National Parks year round!

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