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ST. AUGUSTINE, FL –Castillo de San Marcos National Monument will celebrate the 98th birthday of the National Park Service by waiving its normal entrance fee of $7 and offering special interpretive programs, including Spanish 18th century weapon firing demonstrations on Monday, August 25.
"National parks belong to all Americans and offer something for everyone," said Castillo de San Marcos National Monument Chief of Interpretation Steve Roberts. "What better way to celebrate the National Park Service birthday than a visit to this special place within the heart of America's oldest European city? Spend some time exploring your national park."
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 throughout 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 have fun and learn. Plan your visit at www.nps.gov.
Castillo de San Marcos National Monument was established in 1933 to preserve and protect the oldest fortification in the continental United States, a unique specimen of Spanish military architecture and engineering, related cultural resources, and to interpret their architectural, political, and social history.
The mission of the National Park Service also extends beyond park boundaries. Community partnerships help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. To see what is happening in Florida, go to www.nps.gov/FL.