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National parks will be free to enter on MLK Day

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Posted at 1:24 PM, Jan 13, 2023
and last updated 2023-01-13 15:18:54-05

The National Parks Service is waiving entry fees at all national parks on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

“The entrance fee-free days encourage people to discover the beauty, history and inspiration awaiting them in more than 400 national parks throughout the country," said National Park Service Director Chuck Sams.

National parks are a popular attraction for Americans.

In 2021, nearly 300 million people visiting a national park, according to the NPS.

National Parks are also an economic driver. They support more than 322,000 jobs across the country and add $42 billion to the economy, NPS states.

Entry fees will also be waived on several other days in 2023:

  • April 22 – First Day of National Park Week  
  • August 4 – Great American Outdoors Day  
  • September 23 – National Public Lands Day  
  • November 11 – Veterans Day