NPS Birthday

Photo of cake with birthday candles, courtesy of Paul Downey

Join the fun on August 25th!

Photo courtesy of Paul Downey

It's our birthday, and we hope you'll visit a national park and help us celebrate! On August 25, 2014 the National Park Service turns 98 years old. We are waiving entrance fees and inviting everyone to join in the festivities taking place coast-to-coast.

Our big day, August 25, is a free-entrance day, so head to any of the country's 401 national parks and take in the scenery, learn a little history, or simply enjoy the great outdoors.

Ninety-eight may sound old, but we're young at heart and celebrating with everyone who shares our youthful exuberance! Parks across the country are offering loads of fun activities. Take the kids on a caving adventure, bike ride, kayak tour, hike, or island safari. Catch a campfire talk, make a painting, or witness a living history demonstration. Search the events calendar to find out what's happening at a park near you! You can help the kids earn a free Junior Ranger badge at almost any park—just ask at the visitor center.

Let us know how you plan to celebrate the National Park Service's birthday or tell us about your adventure when you come back! Share your photos or videos with our friends at the National Park Foundation at