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Thursday, February 12, 2015

Celebrate Presidents Day Weekend with free admission to national parks



All 405 national parks will offer free admission this Presidents Day weekend - February 14 through 16. In addition to providing free entrance, many parks will host special events to celebrate the holiday. At Jimmy Carter National Historic Site (Ga.), President Carter and his wife Rosalynn will share memories of their time in the White House. Audience members will have the chance to interact with the president, including students in attendance from Plains High School, as well as students connected via live stream from Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site (Kan.) and Little Rock Central High School National Historic Site (Ark.).

Other activities in national parks include a George Washington birthday party at Valley Forge National Historical Park (Pa.), a guided evening tour of the monuments on the National Mall (D.C.) and a talk about President Andrew Jackson and his role in the Battle of New Orleans at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve (La). 

A complete calendar of events, and presidential travel itineraries and lesson plans, are available on the Presidents Day page of www.nps.govThe National Park Service will also waive admission fees on five additional days in 2015 – April 18 and 19 (the first weekend of National Park Week), August 25 (the National Park Service’s 99th birthday), September 26 (National Public Lands Day), and November 11 (Veterans Day).

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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