2015 was a good year for the National Park Service, in fact, it was the 99th anniversary of the government organization. And since we remember how to count, we know that this coming year will be the 100th year anniversary of the NPS. To celebrate, they will be having 16 fee-free days to play in any and all national parks. (Get it? 2016 – 16 free days!) By comparison 2015 only had nine fee-free days, so we all get a bonus in the coming year.
And this week the National Park Service just released its list of free days for 2016, and they are:
• January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
• April 16 through 24: National Park Week
• August 25 through 28: National Park Service Birthday
• September 24: National Public Lands Day
• November 11: Veterans Day
As you can see, most of the free days in 2016 will be during the National Park and the National Park Service Birthday Weeks. In normal years the only summertime free admissions day is August 25, in the centennial year there are four free days in August to celebrate the NPS’s birthday. However, in 2016, President’s Day will not be free. (It usually is.)
But keep in mind that if you’re lucky enough to have a child in fourth grade, your entire family can get access to free admission at any park for a full year. This special promotion, called Every Kid in a Park, was launched in conjunction with the 100th anniversary celebration, and is part of a nationwide campaign to get children into the outdoors.
So if you’re looking for an excuse to #FindYourPark, look no further than the National Park Service’s 100th anniversary free days.