In celebration of the National Park Service’s 104th birthday and to encourage people to get outside and visit America’s beautiful national parks, the National Park Service is waiving entrance fees to all parks on August 25.
In a press release, the NPS said, “On August 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed the legislation establishing the National Park Service. At the same time, women across the country were fighting to guarantee their right to vote throughout the United States, a right that would finally be recognized when the 19th Amendment became part of the US Constitution on August 26, 1920, the day after the fourth birthday of the National Park Service.”
The NPS has granted free entry days to celebrate its birthday in the past, though this year will look a little different. Due to COVID-19, many major facilities in the parks may be closed, camping may be restricted, and getting a reservation could prove difficult. The NPS also recommends that people wear face coverings inside the parks, especially in highly populated areas. The NPS recommends that everyone check the park website to determine its operating status before visiting.
If you happen to miss this particular free entrance day, there’s two more coming up this year. The next is on September 26 in celebration of National Public Lands Day, and there’s another on November 11 for Veterans Day.