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Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021 with free admission to national parks

By GANNETT Syndication Service
Thu, 14 Jan 2021 16:50:42 +0000

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Jan. 18, is your first chance in 2021 to get free admission at national park sites that charge an entry fee.  

Park fees are waived only for admission. You'll still have to pay fees for camping, transportation, activities and tours.

Other fee-free days at national parks in 2021 include:

The National Park Service also offers free or discounted passes for seniors; members of the military, veterans and Gold Star families; families of fourth- and fifth-grade students; and people who are disabled. 

What's different amid COVID-19 pandemic

Though NPS encourages visitors to follow COVID-19 guidance from the Centers of Disease Control and Prevention, it does not require park visitors to wear masks – even if the states where they're located do. 

NPS operates 423 sites and urges visitors to check individual park websites to determine operating status. 

Visiting a reopened national park after lockdown? What to know before you go

Whichever park you visit, it's important to practice social distancing and make sure you visit responsibly. Conservation advocates urge visitors to use the principles of Leave No Trace by taking out whatever you take into the park, staying on trails and leaving wildlife alone.

Be considerate of other visitors who have come to enjoy the serenity of the environment. If you choose to listen to music on the trails, use headphones. 

NPS asks visitors to consider "postponing challenging hikes or trying new activities while first responders, parks and communities continue to concentrate on responding to the pandemic."

Contributing: Curtis Tate



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