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National parks offer nine ‘fee-free’ days in 2014

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National parks will be open for nine fee-free days in 2014, the National Park Service said.

Dates that all 401 national parks will offer free admission in 2014 are:

  • Jan. 20: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Feb. 15-17: Presidents Day weekend
  • April 19-20: National Park Week’s opening weekend
  • Aug. 25: National Park Service’s 98th birthday
  • Sept. 27: National Public Lands Day
  • Nov. 11: Veterans Day

“America’s national parks welcome more than 280 million visitors a year. To say thanks for that support and invite every American to visit these treasures that they own, we are declaring nine days of free admission next year,” National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis said in a news release. “Whether it’s that once-in-a-lifetime family trip to Yellowstone or taking a daily walk along the National Mall in Washington, D.C., or the moment at Central High School that your child suddenly understands what civil rights are all about, national parks offer places for unforgettable experiences.

“National parks not only protect and preserve the places we most value; they also add enormous economic value to nearby communities and the entire nation. Visitor spending represents a $30 billion annual benefit to the national economy and supports more than 250,000 jobs,” Jarvis added. “Fee-free days are a great way to both thank those visitors and introduce parks to first-timers who can find a new place to call an old favorite.”

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