In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, entrance to National Park Service sites across the country on Monday, Jan. 18, 2016, is free!
Click here to find your nearest National Park.
The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and it says it want everyone to join the party! It is the first of 16 days in ’16 that the parks will offer free admission to everyone.
The NPS notes here are several national parks directly associated with Dr. King:
- Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Georgia, which contains his birthplace, home, church, and grave
- The 45-mile long Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama, where he led the 1965 Voting Rights March
- 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
Parks across the country are offering special programs to reflect on the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., including George Washington Carver National Monument, Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site, and the National Mall and Memorial Parks. There will also be a special bell-ringing ceremony at Independence Hall National Historical Park.
View the calendar of events to find a program near you.
Looking to do more? Make it a day on; not a day off. Parks across the country are participating in a day of service to the community. Here are few ways that you can get involved:
- Donate items to a coat and food drive at Lowell National Historical Park
- Plant flower beds at Rosie the Riveter WWII Home Front National Historical Park
- Repair trails at Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
- Roll seed balls and dig a trench at Montezuma Well and Tuzigoot National Monument
- Join a cleanup at Pinnacles National Park, Saguaro National Park, or Greenbelt Park