Park Entrance Fees Waived in Honor of the National Park Service’s Birthday

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Date: August 20, 2014

Park Entrance Fees Waived in Honor of the National Park Service’s Birthday

On Monday, August 25, 2014, Yosemite National Park will celebrate Founder’s Day. Founder’s Day marks the birthday of the National Park Service (NPS). This year, the NPS will be celebrating its 98th birthday. In commemoration of this significant day, entrance fees will be waived for all park visitors.

“Late summer is a wonderful time to visit Yosemite National Park,” stated Don Neubacher, Superintendent. “This is a great opportunity to visit America’s national parks, celebrate the birth of the National Park Service, and explore public lands.”

Yosemite Valley and the Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoias were protected due to the passage of the Yosemite Grant in 1864. Yosemite became a national park in 1890 and is one of the 401 units of the National Park System. The National Park Service was established on August 25, 1916. The United States was the first country in the world to set aside its most significant places as national parks for preservation and enjoyment.

Fees being waived for Founder’s Day include the park entrance only. All other fees associated with camping, lodging, or activities within the park are not waived. The fee waiver is good for Monday, August 25, Founder’s Day, only.

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