Free Entrance To National Parks This Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend!

The National Park Service is waiving admission fees on 17 selected dates this year, and the first ones are this weekend.

Park Fees Waived At Over 100 Parks

In all the parks that normally charge admission (there are over a hundred of them, with the daily fee as much as $20), park fees will be waived for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, January 15 through January 17. You can see the full list of parks here.

Other dates will be National Park Week (April 16 – 24), the first day of summer (June 21), National Public Lands Day (September 24), and the weekend of Veterans Day (November 11 – 13).

Walk In Dr. King’s Footsteps This Weekend

This weekend, “Visitors can literally walk in Dr. King’s footsteps at national parks such as Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Georgia, Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama, or the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, DC,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan Jarvis, in a press release. “They are just a few of the dozens of national parks which trace the history of African Americans.”

MLK Day Of Service

“Several parks will also honor Dr. King by hosting volunteer projects for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service on January 17,” added Jarvis. “It is the only federal holiday observed as a national day of service – a day on, not a day off.” You can find out more about Martin Luther King Day of service by clicking here.

Many national park concessions will also offer discounts on fee free days, saving visitors money on food, lodging, tours, and souvenirs.

Time To Get Outside!

As a native of the U.K., I remember being overwhelmed by the awesome beauty and size of some of the national parks in the U.S. when I first arrived here.

So come on, everybody, time to get off the couch, go outside, and start exploring!



David N.
David N7 years ago

Thanks for the article. I missed getting to go to a National Park for MLK Day but I will be visiting some this year.

Anne Jacks
Anne Jacks7 years ago


Krista Israel
Krista Israel7 years ago

Now that I know this I can plan a cool day trip with the kids tomorrow.

Maria S.
Maria S7 years ago

There is a lots of cost keeping a park ! Some one have to pay !

Rosella Decker
Rosella Decker7 years ago

I wonder why they don't open the parks for other holidays also.

Ed A.
Ed A.7 years ago

We still have parks in the US?

Girl U.
.7 years ago

Thank you for the article.

Danuta W.
Danuta W7 years ago

Thanks for the article.

Edward Craig
Edward Craig7 years ago

I recommend Glacier National Park while it still has glaciers.

Philippa P.
Philippa P7 years ago

Dr. King was an inspiration to us all.