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, the National Park Service turns 97 years old. We are waiving entrance fees and inviting everyone to join in the festivities taking place coast-to-coast.

Our big day, Sunday, August 25, is a fee-free 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-seven 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 snorkel adventure, bike ride, kayak tour, hike, or archaeological dig. Catch a campfire talk, make a painting, or explore the cavernous underworld. 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 parkā€”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

If you can't make it to a park for the big day, remember the mission of the National Park Service extends beyond park boundaries into communities across the country. The NPS works with partners to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities that revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life. See what we do in your community.