Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Free Entrance to US National Parks

Last Updated on June 18, 2024 by

Celebrate the Parks! Each year there are free admission days for our national parks.

Whether your interest lies in Hispanic history in the United States, watching a historical reenactment, or trekking off into the wilderness, there is something for everyone in our treasured public lands.

Here’s a tip – many of our 400+ national parks NEVER charge an entrance fee. So start Planning Your Visit! Click here to find a park. 

Did you know that fourth graders and their families get free admission to federal public lands courtesy of the US Dept. of the Interior?  Check out Every Kid in a Park on Silicon Valley Mom.

Mark your calendar for these entrance fee–free dates in 2024:

  • January 15: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • April 20: First day of National Park Week
  • June 19: Juneteenth National Independence Day
  • August 4: Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act
  • September 28: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day

*Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession, and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated otherwise.

Double-check the event information on the event website as sometimes events are canceled or details changed.

Image credit/image courtesy of US National Park Service