The First Amendment gives all Americans the right to free speech. It is a cornerstone of American democracy. In order to protect park resources and to keep all visitors safe, the Courts have recognized that activities associated with the exercise of Americans' constitutional rights may be reasonably regulated. A small group (25 people or less) is not required to obtain a First Amendment permit if they are located within one of two of the park's designated First Amendment free speech areas. Groups larger than 25 people must obtain a permit even if they are utilizing the park's First Amendment free speech area.
Last updated: March 1, 2021