National Park Service Celebrates 98th Birthday!

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Date: August 22, 2014
Contact: George E. Price, Jr., Superintendent, 508-957-0701

WASHINGTON – Cape Cod National Seashore will celebrate the 98th birthday of the National Park Service by waiving its normal entrance fee of $15 on Monday, August 25 at the six Cape Cod National Seashore beaches. These beaches are Coast Guard and Nauset Light in Eastham; Marconi in Wellfleet; Head of the Meadow in Truro; and Race Point and Herring Cove in Provincetown.

"Birthdays are a time to celebrate and we want everyone to join the party," said Cape Cod National Seashore Superintendent George E. Price, Jr. "National parks belong to all Americans and offer something for everyone. So come visit Cape Cod National Seashore and take in the view at Fort Hill, enjoy our six beaches, or attend an interpretive program."

There will be several interpretive activities and open houses at historic buildings on August 25 to help visitors understand the significance of some of Cape Cod National Seashore's resources. The fee waiver does not apply to the interpretive programs that have fees. The following programs are being featured for Founder's Day:

Take the Cape History Challenge: 10:30AM in the activity room at the Salt Pond Visitor Center. Take this fun, hands-on challenge by trying to identify curious bits and pieces of Cape Cod history. Be a history detective and discover the larger history stories behind the old stuff left behind. Great for kids, too! Come meet Park Historian Bill Burke, and get updates on what's new with the seashore's old stuff. 

Campfire at Herring Cove Beach: 7:00PM in front of the bathhouse and concession stand.Enjoy sunset on the beach and an evening of folklore and games around the campfire. Bring a beach chair or towel to sit on. 

Cape Cod National Seashore was established in 1961. Last year, more than 4.5 million visitors enjoyed the park and added $185.7 million to the local economy and supported 2,226 area jobs. 

In 1872, Yellowstone National Park was established as the world's first national park. There were 37 national parks in the United States when President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation to create the National Park Service on Aug. 25, 1916.          

Today, there are 401 national parks across the country and each one tells an important part of the American story. Some commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to reflect and learn. Plan your visit at www.nps.gov. 

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