All 397 U.S. national parks across will offer free admission from Jan. 14 through 16, 2012, to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Visitors can literally walk in Dr. King's footsteps at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Georgia, the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama, or the Lincoln Memorial in Washington, D.C. These are just a few of the many national parks that have direct ties to Dr. King or the Civil Rights movement.
The new Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial in Washington, D.C.; Morristown National Historical Park in New Jersey; Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Tennessee; and Frederick Douglass National Historic Site in Washington, D.C., also will hold special events honoring Dr. King that weekend.
"Dr. King led the fight to realize his dream of a nation free of discrimination, where every citizen was able to enjoy the inalienable rights promised to all Americans,” said National Park Service director Jonathan B. Jarvis. “Dr. King’s story and those of so many others whose efforts changed our country are preserved in the national parks, places where history happened. I hope every American can take advantage of the upcoming fee free weekend and visit their parks to experience their history firsthand.”
The National Park Service will also waive admission fees on 14 other days in 2012 – National Park Week (April 21 to 29), Get Outdoors Day (June 9), National Public Lands Day (September 29) and the weekend of Veterans Day (November 10 to 12).
For more information, visit www.nps.gov.