Free admission, special events in national parks for Martin Luther King Jr. Day

The Virgin River in Zion National Park, Stock Photo | St. George News

WASHINGTON, D.C. — On Monday, national parks throughout the country will commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All national parks will provide free admission for all visitors, and many parks will host special events or volunteer service projects.

“We invite all Americans to honor the legacy of Dr. King in a national park,” National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said. “Attend a special event, take part in a volunteer project or visit a site with a direct connection to this great leader. We are all encouraged to remember the values of service and commitment to community that Dr. King exemplified throughout his life. Let’s make this holiday truly a day on, not a day off.”

In addition to waiving entrance fees at all national parks, many parks will host programs or volunteer work projects. Following is a partial list; please see their website for more events and information.

  • Community Vegetable Garden Planting and Wellness Fair at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve in Louisiana
  • Invasive Plant Species Removal, Drainage & Inlet Cleaning at Valley Forge National Historical Park in Pennsylvania
  • Anacostia River Clean-up with the Student Conservation Association at Anacostia Park in Washington, D.C.
  • Dr. Martin Luther King Film Series and Dialogue at George Washington Carver National Monument in Missouri
  • Tsunami Debris Clean-up, Habitat Restoration and more at Golden Gate National Recreation Area in California

The additional entrance-fee-free days for 2016 will be April 16-24, Aug. 25-28, Sept. 24 and Nov. 11. Come to a national park and discover the sites and stories of our shared heritage.

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