PARK ENTRANCE FEES WAIVED FOR FOUNDER'S DAY AT VICKSBURG NATIONAL MILITARY PARK
Contact: Naomi Lofton, 601-636-0583
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. The National Park Service was established on August 25, 1916, and today cares 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.
The staff at Vicksburg National Military Park invites the public to celebrate the National Park Service Birthday (Founder's Day) on Sunday, August 25, 2013 and experience America's Best Idea – the national parks. Entrance fees will be waived on Sunday, August 25, 2013, making it easier for visitors to tour the park and enjoy its significant resources.
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. In addition, the Junior Ranger program encourages America's youth to explore, protect, and learn about our National Parks.
We invite you to bring your family out to celebrate this special birthday by experiencing Your National Park.
For more information on fee-free days at Vicksburg National Military Park, call 601-636-0583 or go to http://www.nps.gov/vick/planyourvisit/events.htm.
Did You Know?
Thomas O. Selfridge, captain of the USS Cairo, commanded three boats which sank during the war. Each began with the letter "C"-Cumberland, Cairo, and Conestoga. The coincidence was noted after the Conestoga sank, and Selfridge was assigned to the USS Osage, which survived to the end of the war.