The National Park Service Turns 97!
Contact: Gloria Lee, (912) 786-5787
Fort Pulaski National Monument Celebrates 97th Birthday of the National Park Service
On Sunday, August 25, the National Park Service turns 97 years old. In celebration of Founder’s Day, all national parks, including Fort Pulaski National Monument, will offer free admission.
“Birthdays are a time to celebrate and we want everyone, especially the children of America, to join the party,” said Fort Pulaski National Monument Superintendent Melissa Memory. “National parks belong to all Americans and offer something for everyone. So visit the park, wander a trail, take in the scenery, or watch a living history demonstration. Children especially enjoy the popular Junior Ranger program where they earn a badge by taking part in kid-friendly activities.”
Fort Pulaski National Monument will celebrate the 97th birthday of the National Park Service with complimentary cake in the park’s Visitor Center, starting at 1:30 PM. The Visitor Center will also be showing excerpts from Ken Burns’ documentary, “The National Parks: America’s Best Idea.” Visitor Center hours will be 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM.
Additional Founders Day activities will include fort tours, historic weapons demonstrations, and showings of the park film. The fort and Visitor Center will be open to the public from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM. The park gates close at 6:15 PM.
The Founders Day schedule follows:
Sunday, August 25
The National Park Service was established on August 25, 1916. The United States was the first country in the world to set aside its most significant places as national parks so that they could be enjoyed by all. Today, we care for 401 national parks throughout the country – each one an important part of our collective identity. Some parks commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn something. Plan your visit at www.nps.gov/findapark.
"Fort Pulaski National Monument was established in 1924,” said Memory. “Today we proudly welcome over 400,000 visitors every year who, in addition to enjoying all that the park has to offer, add $21.6 million to our local economy and support over 300 jobs in the area."
The mission of the National Park Service extends beyond parks into communities across the country where we work with partners to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities that revitalize neighborhoods and enhance the quality of life. To see what we do here in Georgia, go to www.nps.gov/GA.
Fort Pulaski National Monument is located on U.S. Highway 80, 15 miles east of Savannah. Learn more at www.nps.gov/fopu and visit us on Facebook www.facebook.com/FortPulaskiNPS and Twitter www.twitter.com/FortPulaskiNPS.
Did You Know?
Fort Pulaski was named for Count Casimir Pulaski, a Polish nobleman who was mortally wounded while helping American forces battle for control of Savannah, Georgia in 1779. Fort Pulaski National Monument, Georgia