First Amendment Activities

Freedom of speech, press, religion, and assembly are constitutional rights. However, the courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of these rights may be reasonably regulated to protect park resources. Therefore, all first amendment activities require special use permits and the NPS may regulate the time, place, and manner in which they are conducted. Some examples of special events that require permits are:

  • distribution and/or sale of printed matter
  • religious services
  • public demonstrations or assemblies, etc.
  • collecting signature for petitions

Designated areas for First Amendment Activities are:

  • 1 - 4 people: Bench on the side of the US Monument closest to the parking lot. During special events, this are will be unavailable for First Amendment Activities.
  • 5 – 10 people: Four areas are available. (1) 1st island in the parking lot on the left; (2) 1st island in the parking lot on the right; (3) 1st parking place in the picnic area; (4) last parking place in the picnic area
  • 11 – 50 people: Picnic Shelter.

Download application for Special Use Permit here.

Last updated: October 3, 2018

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