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Celebrate MLK Day in the National Parks

By January 16, 2013

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In honor of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. all national parks will offer free entrance this Monday, January 21, 2013. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed the third Monday of January each year, celebrating King's birthday and honoring his nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement.

National parks directly associated with Dr. King include the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Georgia which contains his birthplace, home, church, and grave; the 54-mile long Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama where he led the 1965 Voting Rights March; and the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C. which include the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial where he spoke of his dream for America.

Events Honoring Martin Luther King, Jr. Day:

  • Lowell National Historical Park in Massachusetts is waiving museum fees at the Boott Cotton Mills Museum on Monday, January 21, 2013, in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. More Information
  • Indiana Dunes National Lakeshore will feature exhibits at the Douglas Center that honor the civil rights movement from January 19 through February 28. More Information
  • Homestead National Monument of America in Nebraska will show the film Letter from a Birmingham Jail: A Call for Unity at the Homestead Education Center on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 2 pm. This film is a documentary of Dr. King's influential letter calling for nonviolent demonstration and proactive measures to end segregation and discrimination in the United States. More Information

This is the first national park free entrance day of 2013. Have a look at the calendar of fee free dates to plan future national park trips.

More: Information About National Park Free Days | Find a National Park Campground | National Park Information

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