Washington, DC - January 11, 2017 - In honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, entrance into National Park Service sites across the country on Monday, January 16, 2017 will be free! It is the first of 10 days in 2017 that the parks will offer free admission to everyone.
There are several national parks directly associated with Dr. King:
- Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Georgia, the site of his birthplace, home, church, and grave
- The 45-mile long Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama, where he led the 1965 Voting Rights March
- National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C., which include the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial, where he shared of his dream for America in one of the most famous speeches in American history.
View the calendar of events to find a program near you.
Looking to do more? Make it a day on; not a day off. Parks across the country are participating in a day of service to the community. Here are few ways that you can get involved:
- Hear voices of African American park rangers sharing local history and their own experiences at a panel discussion hosted by San Francisco Maritime National Historical Park.
- Watch a special film at George Washington Carver National Monument highlighting the vision and legacy of Dr. King.
- Learn the civil rights struggles and successes of Dr. King from a local college professor at St. Paul's Church National Historic Site.
- Hike Petrified Forest National Park and discuss Dr. King's service and ideals of environmental justice, social, and economic sustainability, and strengthening community.
- Take an "armchair tour" of National Park Service sites connected to the struggle for civil rights at Indiana Dunes National Seashore.
- Join Point Reyes National Seashore for a day of service by cleaning litter off the beaches.
- Volunteer at Fort Raleigh National Historic Site to help remove invasive plant species and restore the natural ecosystems.