Monday, August 25, 2014 is the 98th birthday of the National Park Service. Of the 401 National Parks in the system, 133 normally charge an entrance fee. During the birthday celebrations, the entrance fee for these parks will be waived. The National Park Service is encouraging citizens to take advantage of the free-entrance day.
The National Park Service website describes the celebration of the NPS system as having a wide variety of activities planned for free-entrance day. Many of the activities are designed with children in mind. There will be campfires, living history demonstrations, hiking, biking and other fun activities.
If you miss the August 25th free-entrance day you will ave two more opportunities for waived entrance fees this year. September 27th is National Public Lands Day. This day is also free-entrance. In addition, November 11th, Veterans Day, is free-entrance as well. Each year these dates and Martin Luther King day and Presidents days are also free.
To truly enjoy the National Parks some passes are offered that do provide a chance to pay a one time fee and be able to use the pass all year long. The America the Beautiful annual pass is $80 and is good for one year. The same pass is offered to Seniors 62 years old or older for only $10.