The National Park Service is having their annual celebration of themselves for the week of April 18, through April 26th. This year marks the 99th year of the service. Some of the Parks themselves are over 100 years old, the oldest, Yellowstone, from the 1872. Yosemite was protected 8 years prior, but it wasn’t federalized until 1890, and the park service itself wasn’t created until 1916.
Any Hootie and the Blowfish, this week, the NPS is going to celebrate themselves. This weekend, April 18th and 19th, all parks in the system are free to enter. I’m giving you guys plenty of notice, so you should plan a trip to one of the parks this weekend. There are 59 parks, 79 monuments, 31 memorials, and about 250 other historic sites, sea & lake shores and other areas that the NPS governs. In case you can’t get to them over the weekend, most of the places don’t charge an entrance fee, and the ones that do, are A. worth it, B. not so expensive.
Please, take this time to visit the greatest things that the US Government has created. Support them so that in the future, these beautiful natural and historical features are still around for everyone to enjoy.