Free Entrance Days in the National Parks

Free Entrance to US National Parks

Last Updated on June 18, 2024 by marian@celebrate-family.com

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