Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day with a visit to a National Park

All 401 national parks across the country will?waive entrance fees?on Monday, January 20 in commemoration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

The National Park Service encourages everyone to take time to visit a national park on Monday, especially one of the many dedicated to?Dr. King?and the?Civil Rights Movement.

National parks directly associated with Dr. King include the?Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic Site?in Atlanta,?Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail?in Alabama and the?National Mall and Memorial Parks?in Washington, D.C., which includes the?Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial?and the?Lincoln Memorial?where Dr. King made his “I Have a Dream” speech in 1963.

The?African American Heritage?section of?www.nps.gov?contains a series of travel itineraries, essays, and lesson plans. There are also links to the dozens of national parks dedicated to African American history and culture, including?New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park?(La.),?George Washington Carver National Monument?(Mo.),?Booker T. Washington National Monument?(Va.) and?Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial?(Calif.).

Many national parks will also participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service which encourages people to come together to serve their neighbors and communities in the spirit of Dr. King.?Fort DuPont Park?(D.C.),?Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area?(Calif.),?Rock Creek Park?(D.C.),?Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area(Penn.) and?Valley Forge National Historical Park?(Penn.) are among the hundreds of places nationwide hosting volunteer projects.?

In addition to Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the National Park Service?will waive admission fees?on eight other days in 2014.

National park passes?that provide free or discounted admission year round are available for active duty military members and their dependents, senior citizens, and people with permanent disabilities.

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