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Published On: Fri, Jan 18th, 2013

In commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, all national parks will have free admission on Monday

Have a long holiday weekend? If you’re looking for something to do Monday, the National Park Service has announced that the nearly 400 national parks across the country will have free admission on January 21st in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Photo/ United States Information Agency

Photo/ United States Information Agency

“The holiday provides the perfect opportunity to visit a national park with a direct connection to Dr. King – a place where you could literally walk in his footsteps,” said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “Or, you could visit one of the many national parks or National Register of Historic Places sites that honor the Civil Rights Movement or other African American accomplishments.”

National parks directly associated with Dr. King include the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Georgia which contains his birthplace, home, church, and grave; the 54-mile long Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama where he led the 1965 Voting Rights March; and the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C. which include the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial where he spoke of his dream for America, according to the Park Service.

In addition to Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, the National Park Service will also waive admission fees on 10 other days in 2013 – the weekdays of National Park Week (April 22 through 26), the National Park Service’s 97th birthday (August 25), National Public Lands Day (September 28), and Veterans Day weekend (November 9 through 11).

For more information, visit the National Park Service website

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