Military Monday is happening on April 19, 2021, as part of the annual National Park Week celebration. Join us on social media as we thank our military for their service and share your own park experiences using #MilitaryMonday and #NationalParkWeek.
National Park Week
There are even more ways to celebrate National Park Week this year. Each day has a special theme, find yours!
Join the #RecreateResponsibly Movement
If you are heading to a park to celebrate National Park Week, keep some basic safety tips in mind while you embark on your adventure.
Find Your Virtual Park
Stay connected with national parks across the country with online resources and virtual experiences.
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The National Park Service in partnership with Operation Live Well would like to thank military personnel and their families for their service and invite them to enjoy their national parks.
For Our Military and Their Families
Free Annual Passes
Active duty military and their dependents are eligible for free America the Beautiful Passes to national parks and federal recreation areas.
Passes for Veterans & Gold Star Families
A new pass program grants U.S. military veterans and Gold Star Families free access to national parks.
The Power of Parks for Health
In celebration of the 100th anniversary of the partnership between the National Park Service and the US Public Health Service, all year we are encouraging everyone to explore the power that parks can have on people's physical and mental health. Disover ways that you can use parks for healing and health.
During the winter months, waters from the Congaree and Wateree Rivers sweep through the floodplain of the Congaree National Park Wilderness in South Carolina - opening up a new, surreal world. Kayak through the forest and experience this special place through the eyes of local veterans who find a reprieve in the healing and dynamic waters.
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Reelections on the USS Arizona Memorial
Pearl Harbor survivors, civilians and service members, talk about what it's like to go on the USS Arizona Memorial.
Raising the Flag
Seventy-five years after an iconic photo capturing the spirit of the Marine Corps was taken, Marines share what their memorial means.
A Continuing Tradition of Service
Even before the creation of the National Park Service in 1916, the US military was involved in managing and protecting national parks. Many battlefields managed by the War Department would also be incorporated into the National Park System during the 1930s. Today a tradition of service continues with military veterans filling our ranks as employees, volunteers, interns, and partners in many National Park Service career fields, including natural and cultural resource management, law enforcement, interpretation, administration, and much more.
Find an EventSet the calendar to April to find in-person and virtual programs for National Park Week (April 17-25, 2021) at any of the more than 400 national parks around the country. Or look ahead to find other upcoming programs about the military and to enjoy your national parks with family and friends. Remember to check ahead for trip planning information and to recreate responsibly for a safe visit.
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Last updated: March 21, 2021