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Fort Pulaski National Monument to Offer Free Admission on 9 Days in 2014
SAVANNAH, GA – Circle the dates on the calendar and plan your trip – Fort Pulaski National Monument will offer free admission on nine days in 2014, including several holidays!
The 2014 entrance fee-free days are:
- January 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
- February 15-17: Presidents Day weekend
- April 19-20: National Park Week’s opening weekend
- August 25: National Park Service’s 98th birthday
- September 27: National Public Lands Day
- November 11: Veterans Day
“Fort Pulaski National Monument welcomes more than 400,000 visitors a year. Park visitors represent a $21 million annual benefit to the local economy and support more than 300 jobs in the area,” says Superintendent Melissa Memory. “Fee-free days are a great way to both thank our local visitors and introduce Fort Pulaski National Monument to first-timers who can find a new place to explore and enjoy.”
“Fort Pulaski contains some of the most well-preserved historic and natural resources in the United States,” said Memory. “The story of Fort Pulaski appeals to a wide range of visitors. It is the site of Robert E. Lee’s first assignment, of John Wesley’s first sermon in the New World, and of a Civil War battle at which rifled cannons first successfully breached masonry fortifications – signaling the obsolescence of such fortifications for coastal defenses. It is also the site where, in 1862, U.S. General David Hunter issued an unauthorized order to emancipate slaves in three states. The National Monument also contains one of the largest and most intact federally protected salt marshes in the United States – recently determined eligible for Wilderness designation – and offers visitors numerous trails to appreciate natural habitats that support a rich diversity of wildlife.”
Normally, Fort Pulaski National Monument is one of 133 national parks charge an entrance fee that ranges from $3 to $25. The entrance fee waiver does not cover amenity or user fees for things like camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.
Other Federal land management agencies that will offer fee-free days in 2014 are: U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, the Bureau of Land Management, the Bureau of Reclamation, the U.S. Forest Service and the Army Corps of Engineers. Please contact each for details.
The National Park Service, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, and the U.S. Forest Service also participate in the America the Beautiful National Parks Pass and Federal Recreational Lands Pass programs. These passes provide access to more than 2,000 national parks, forests, wildlife refuges, grasslands, and other federal lands. Four passes are available:
- free annual pass to current military members and their dependents
- free lifetime pass for people with permanent disabilities
- $10 lifetime senior pass for those aged 62 and over
- $80 annual pass for the general public.
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