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...

Toy train covered in snow next to evergreen branches with holiday lights

Get in the Spirit

With the cold air upon us, share in cultural traditions of communities that celebrate the winter season.

Two people carrying garbage bags in a park

Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Volunteer at a service project or visit a park on the first free entrance day of the year to learn more about our unique American heritage.

Last updated: November 13, 2019