Fee-Free Days 2013
Enjoying America's Best Idea - the national parks - gets even better - because it's free!
Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday - January 14-16, 2012 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day commemorates the January 15 birthday of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and is observed on the third Monday of January each year. As a leader for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, Dr. King successfully protested racial discrimination in Federal and state law until his untimely death by an assassin's bullet in 1968. The campaign for a Federal holiday in King's honor began soon after his assassination, with Ronald Reagan signing the holiday into law in 1983, and it's first observance in 1986. The holiday was officially recognized in all 50 states for the first time in 2000. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the holiday's observance.
National Park Week - April 21-29, 2012 - National Park Week is a presidentially proclaimed celebration in recognition of America's National Parks, celebrating what we all have inherited as Americans - 84 million acres of the world's most spectacular scenery, historic landmarks and cultural treasures. Activities highlight youth programs and initiatives offered by the National Park Service to encourage the future protection and preservation of our American legacy and promote good stewardship of the land. In addition, the Junior Ranger program encourages America's youth to explore, protect, and learn about our National Parks.
Get Outdoors Day - June 9, 2012
National Get Outdoors Day is a new annual event to encourage healthy, active outdoor fun.
For more information on National Get Outdoors Day, go to the National Get Outdoors Day web page.
Veterans Day Weekend - November 10-12, 2012 - Veterans Day was originally known as Armistice Day, marking the anniversary of the ending of World War I at the eleventh hour, on the eleventh day, of the eleventh month in 1918.
Following World War II, the name of the holiday was changed (enacted June 1, 1954) to Veterans Day to honor those who died in all American wars. The day has since evolved to be a time of honoring veterans who have served in the military during wartime or peacetime. The United States traditionally observes Veterans Day on November 11.
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