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National Parks Offer Free Admission for 6 Days in 2021

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Date: January 13, 2021
Contact: Natalie Barber, 507-825-5464 Ext. 212

Pipestone, MN: All national parks will waive entrance fees on 6 special days in 2021: 

  • Monday, January 19 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 
  • Saturday, April 17 – First day of National Park Week 
  • Sunday, August 4 – Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act 
  • Wednesday, August 25 – National Park Service Anniversary 
  • Saturday, September 25 – National Public Lands Day 
  • Monday, November 11 – Veterans Day 

Additionally, earlier this year, Secretary of the Interior David L. Bernhardt signed Secretary’s Orders 3386 and 3387, granting veterans, Gold Star Families and fifth graders free access to all national parks, wildlife refuges and other Federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior. Veterans and Gold Star Families will have free access forever, while fifth grade students were granted the reprieve through this academic year as some of last year’s fourth graders may have been unable to make full use of the Every Kid Outdoors Annual Fourth Grade Pass due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Last year, 327 million people visited national parks and spent $21 billion in local communities. This supported 340,500 jobs across the country and had a $41.7 billion impact on the U.S. economy. 

Other federal land management agencies offering their own fee-free days in 2021 include the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, U.S. Forest Service and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.  

There is no entrance fee to visit Pipestone National Monument. To learn more about the National Park Service and Pipestone National Monument, visit the park’s web site at or to learn more about the fee-free weekends in national parks around the country, go to Contact the Park Ranger at 507-825-5464 ext. 214 or email at e-mail us 

About the National Park Service. More than 20,000 National Park Service employees care for America's 420 national parks and work with communities across the nation to help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. Visit us at, on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube 

Last updated: August 11, 2021

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