Would you like to visit the National Parks for free?
The NPS (National Parks Service) has announced its fee-free days for 2024. They’ve even added a day to coincide with our newest Federal holiday. Add these dates to your calendar and visit one of our great National Parks (or historical sites) with no entrance fees!
- January 15, 2024 – Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
- April 20, 2024 – First day of National Park Week
- June 19, 2024 – Juneteenth National Independence Day
- August 4, 2024 – Great American Outdoors Act anniversary
- September 28, 2024 – National Public Lands Day
- November 11, 2024 – Veterans Day
January 15 – Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
If you’re in the Atlanta, GA area, consider visiting the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park or the Birthplace of MLK, Jr. But even if you aren’t in Atlanta, you can still visit any of our National Parks for free. You can learn more about the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park as well as the Day of Service volunteering opportunities.
April 20 – First day of National Park Week
Kick off National Park Week with a free visit to a national park. With more than 400 national parks across the country, you’re sure to find one near you that you’ll enjoy exploring. Visit the NPS website to find a park by state, activity, or topic of interest.
June 19 – Juneteenth National Independence Day
Our newest Federal Holiday, Juneteenth, is a wonderful opportunity to learn more about the Civil Rights movement and equality in our nation. Many National Parks are developing special programming around Juneteenth for this day. The Harriet Tubman National Historical Park in New York, the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in DC, and the Charles Young Buffalo Soldiers National Monument in Ohio are just a few of our great parks dedicated to notable Black historical figures who made a real difference.
August 4 – Great American Outdoors Act Anniversary
The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA) is a historical bipartisan act that was passed in 2020 to fund the National Parks; address the backlog of maintenance projects in these important parks; and fund the Land and Water Conservation Fund which ensures a portion of offshore oil and gas revenue is invested to protect our natural resources and outdoor recreation areas. In addition to the maintenance and funding provided by this act, it also generates jobs, breathing much-needed life into the surrounding local economies.
September 28 – National Public Lands Day
What better day to visit the National Parks than National Public Lands Day? Since 1994, the fourth Saturday of September has been set aside as a day to volunteer across the nation and support our green spaces. Learn more about how you can get involved and be sure to visit our fine parks as well.
November 11 – Veterans Day
With many historical National Parks encompassing military locations around the country, Veterans Day is a great day to take advantage of fee-free entry to your favorite park. There are many military parks you can visit to learn more about our military history and how our country was fought for.
NPS Annual Pass
For the remaining 360 days, your 2024 America the Beautiful pass can get you into most of our national parks without a fee. There are many versions of the America the Beautiful pass.. Visit the NPS website to learn more about them and choose the correct one for you.