Picnic in the Park Day

Picnic in the Park graphic showing picnic basket with park icons

June 18, 2017

Give yourself the gift of good health by enjoying a picnic in a park near you! On Sunday, June 18, the National Park Service is celebrating International Picnic Day by encouraging everyone to get outdoors and enjoy a picnic with friends and family. It’s simple, fun, and can be good for your health. It’s also a great way to celebrate Father’s Day.

Eight reasons to get outdoors and enjoy a walk in the park!

  1. Being in nature can improve your mood.
  2. A picnic in the park is a great way to enjoy a good meal and outdoor fun with friends and family.
  3. Parks and their health benefits can be enjoyed by anyone regardless of who you are and where you come from.
  4. Contact with nature through parks improves all people's physical, mental, and spiritual health.
  5. Parks foster social connections, which are vital to community cohesion and contribute to social well-being.
  6. For children, parks foster active play, which is associated with physical, cognitive, and social benefits.
  7. For adolescents, parks improve mental and social health during what is often a challenging time of life.
  8. Park use is linked to physical and mental health benefits among adults, especially older adults.

Have fun. Learn something. Be well.

With more than 400 national parks across the country, there are many great ways that you can enjoy Picnic in a Park Day. Here are a few ideas for healthy activities you can do before or after your picnic.

Learn more about how parks are a "go-to resource for healthy living" and the Healthy Park Healthy People movement.

Find Your Park for a healthier you! It might be closer than you think. Post pictures to social media during your picnic to #picnicinthepark, #findyourpark, #encuentratuparque, #healthyparkshealthypeople.