Don’t Forget About the Free Entrance Days for National Parks in 2021
One Day Has Already Come and Gone
The National Park Service (NPS) offered six free entrance days in 2021. While one of the days has already passed, there are still five days that you can enter the parks for free.
This is a great opportunity to get out and enjoy the beautiful parks that America has to offer. The NPS has a page on its website. You’ll also find the remaining dates below.
- Saturday, April 17 – First Day of National Park Week
- Wednesday, August 4 – One year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
- Wednesday, August 25 – National Park Service Birthday
- Saturday, September 25 – National Public Lands Day
- Thursday, November 11 – Veterans Day
The date that has already passed was January 18, which was Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
“Each of the fee-free days celebrates or commemorates a significant event, including the establishment earlier this year by President Trump of the Great American Outdoors Act. The legislation marks the single largest investment ever in national parks and will result in enhanced facilities and expanded recreational prospects for all visitors,” said Margaret Everson, Counselor to the Secretary, exercising the delegated authority of the National Park Service Director.
“Throughout the country, every national park provides a variety of opportunities to get out in nature, connect with our common heritage and experience the vast array of benefits that come from spending time outdoors. Hopefully, the fee-free days will encourage everyone to spend some time in their national parks.”
It’s also important to note that some new orders signed in 2020 provided free access to all national parks, wildlife refuges, and other federal lands managed by the Department of the Interior to veterans, and Gold Star Families.
Additionally, active-duty military and fourth-grade students will have free access to the parks. Senior citizens can purchase discounted passes. Other park patrons can purchase the annual $80 American the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass as an option to visit the parks at their leisure.