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National Parks free on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

Over 400 national parks across the country will have free entrance on Monday, Jan. 20 in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Commemorated each year on the third Monday of January, it is also a day of service when hundreds of volunteers participate in service projects at parks across the country.

National parks directly associated with Dr. King include the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Georgia which contains his birthplace, home, church, and grave; the 54-mile long Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama where he led the 1965 Voting Rights March; and the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C. which include the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial where he spoke of his dream for America.

National Park fee free days

In addition to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the National Park Service will also waive admission fees on several other days – the first day of National Park Week (April 18), the National Park Service’s birthday (Aug. 25), National Public Lands Day (Sept. 26), and Veterans Day weekend (Nov. 11).

National park passes that provide free or discounted admission are available for active duty military members and their dependents, senior citizens, and people with permanent disabilities.

Updated January 2020.

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