Historic Occasions & Inspiring Places

Join us in celebrating and commemorating the stories, places, and people of the National Park Service! Each year parks and programs across the country work together to observe annual events, significant anniversaries, and other celebrations. Some are one-day events, such as our birthday, Junior Ranger Day, and Park Rx Day. Others, like National Park Week, last several days. Still others commemorate significant milestones. During these events, we hold special programs across the country and invite you to participate.

We also honor our volunteers, partners, and employees for the great work they do. Their dedication and diversity of skills and talents are unmatched. It is our privilege to recognize and celebrate their outstanding achievements.

And here's a special message for the holiday season from us...

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Enjoy this moment of peace from the National Park Service to you.

Statue of Mary McLeod Bethune and two children

African American History Month

Explore 400 years of the history, heritage, and enduring contributions of African Americans.

Engineer driving a rotary blower

Engineers Week

Meet engineers in the National Park Service and learn more about the projects they work on to enhance the enjoyment of parks.

Last updated: January 30, 2019