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Contact: Dana Dierkes, 559-565-3131
SEQUOIA AND KINGS CANYON NATIONAL PARKS, CA – Come celebrate Sequoia National Park's 125th Anniversary and Kings Canyon National Park's 75th Anniversary on Saturday, September 26, with activities from 7 a.m.-10 p.m. For example, from 10 a.m.-12 noon, a special anniversary ceremony will take place at Sequoia National Park at the General Sherman Tree Main Parking Area & Trailhead (via Wolverton Road in Giant Forest). During this activity, you can sit and enjoy music and guest speakers under the trees. Speakers will share highlights of the past 125 years and hopes for the parks' future. This area is wheelchair accessible. To learn more about anniversary events, call 559-565-3341 or visit: https://www.nps.gov/seki/planyourvisit/upload/AnniversaryEventProgram_FINAL.pdf
You can celebrate these anniversaries with free entrance fees, too!
-- Friday, September 25, 2015, is fee-free (-these parks only) in honor of the 125th anniversary of
Sequoia National Park.
-- Saturday, September 26, 2015, is fee-free at all national parks in honor of National Public Lands Day-- the nation's largest, single-day volunteer effort for public lands. Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks' anniversaries are being celebrated as part of National Public Lands Day, too—www.publiclandsday.org.
Sequoia National Park is the nation's second national park, established on September 25, 1890. Its organic legislation states "…whereas, therapid destruction of timber and ornamental trees in various parts of the
United States, some of which trees are the wonders of the world on account of their size and the limited number growing, makes it a matter of importance that at least some of said forests should be preserved."
Kings Canyon National Park, established March 4, 1940, incorporates lands initially protected as
General Grant National Park (established October 1, 1890 and abolished March 4, 1940). Of note, the
park was established to ensure the permanent preservation of wilderness character 25 years prior to the passing of the Wilderness Act. The site protects the General Grant Tree, declared by legislation as the Nation's Christmas Tree (1926) and a national shrine in memory of the men and women of the Armed Forces (1956).