November 4, 2013
In celebration of Veteran’s Day, Yosemite National Park will offer free admission to the public on Saturday, November 9 through Monday, November 11. This fee free weekend is offered to all visitors in honor of current members, retired members, and reserve members of the United States Armed Forces and their families.
This fee free weekend has been observed since 2006. Waiving entrance fees to all public lands on Veteran’s Day and Veteran’s Day Weekend is one way to show appreciation for the millions of men and women who fight to keep America’s public lands accessible to all Americans.
Veteran’s Day falls on November 11th of every year. The holiday was created as a as a result of the signing of the armistice between Germany and the Allied nations at the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918. In 1954, the U.S. Congress approved November 11 as the day to honor all American veterans for their service to and sacrifices made for the United States. Yosemite National Park honors veterans throughout the year by providing clear and easy hiring guidelines for employment. Specifically, Yosemite employs over 100 veterans who provide interpretive services to visitors, patrol the hiking trails, and perform many other duties throughout the park.
The National Park Service also provides active duty military members and their dependents with an annual national park pass, an $80 value, at no charge. Permanently disabled veterans can receive a free lifetime pass to all parks. The passes provide entrance to all national parks, national wildlife refuges, national forests, and other federal lands. Passes can be obtained at any national park that charges and entrance fee, including Yosemite.
Fees being waived for Veteran’s Day Weekend include the fees associated with entrance into the park only. All other fees associated with camping, lodging, or activities within the park are not waived. The fee waiver is good for Saturday, November 9 through Monday, November 11, 2013 only.