Fee-Free Days 2014
Enjoying America's Best Idea - the national parks - gets even better - because it's free!
Presidents' Day Weekend - February 15-17, 2014 - Established as an official holiday to recognize George Washington's birthday (and later to unofficially include Abraham Lincoln), Presidents' Day has now come to symbolize the birthdays and lives of all U.S. presidents. Throughout the National Park Service a number of historic sites and memorials honor the lives of many of these individuals, presenting special programs, ceremonies and reenactments to visitors and the general public.
National Park Service Birthday - August 25, 2014 - 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 397 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.
National Public Lands Day - September 27, 2014 - National Public Lands Day is the nation's largest hands-on volunteer effort to improve America's public lands. NPLD began in 1994 with three federal agencies and 700 volunteers. Since then thousands have volunteered to lend a hand at over 2,000 locations across the nation. Several federal land management agencies, along with many state and local agencies, participate in this annual day of caring for shared lands.
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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*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.
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.