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By Miriam Raftery

August 23, 2016 (Washington D.C.) -- The National Park Service is celebrating its 100th birthday this year—and wants everyone to join the party. So they are giving away free entrance to all national parks on August 25th through 28th for the National Park Service’s birthday.

There will also be free admission again to all national parks on September 24th for National Public Lands Day and on Veterans Day, November 11th.

There are more than 400 national parks available nationwide. The fee-free days provide a great opportunity to visit a new place or an old favorite, especially one of the 124 national parks that normally charge an entrance fee. The others are free all of the time.

The National Park Service was founded during President Theodore Roosevelt’s administration to assure protection of our nation’s most cherished places for future generations to enjoy.  Recently however, national parks have been threatened by some conservatives in Congress who have cut funding and proposed selling off some national parks, forests and monuments to private companies.

Fee-free days make parks accessible to more people. (Normally fees range from $3 to $30.)

In addition, any fourth grade student can get a free annual pass through the Every Kid in a Park program, and active duty military and citizens with a permanent disability can also get free passes.

For more information about the variety of discounted passes available, please visit the America the Beautiful National Parks and Federal Recreational Lands Pass page or check out to enjoy our country’s history and natural attractions.

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