First Amendment Activities

Freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly are rights protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States. The National Park Service requires a permit for most First Amendment activities in order to establish the location, time, number of participants, and other general conditions under which such events may occur. The content of First Amendment activities is not regulated, and the opinions expressed by permittees do not necessarily reflect the vision, mission and/or policy of the National Park Service.

Please email us regarding any questions or comments related to First Amendment permits.

A permit is required for First Amendment activities that meet any of the following criteria:
  • Groups larger than 25 participants
  • Utilizes significant equipment including generators, platforms, tents, etc.
  • Would like a guarantee of priority use of a specific location
  • Is requesting an area not otherwise open to the public
Examples of First Amendment Activities
  • Religious services
  • Political speeches
  • Press conferences
  • Public demonstration
  • Picketing
  • Assembly or rally expressing opinions and views
Type of Activities Not Covered by the First Amendment
  • Church picnic or social gathering
  • Wedding ceremonies or receptions
  • Political fundraiser or other invitation-only political activity or event
  • Solicitation of donations
  • Community parades, athletics, or sporting events

Designated Areas

The Seashore has designated specific areas for this type of activity. Please reference the Superintendent’s Compendium for maps detailing these locations.

Superintendent's Compendium

Last updated: February 25, 2021

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