(Can’t) Do This: Free Admission to National Parks for MLK Jr. Day (1/21/19)

Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial
Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial (Photo Credit: Gage Skidmore via Flickr)

There are five free admission days to National Parks in 2019, and the first day is in jeopardy!

Usually you can get free admission to any of the 116 or so National Park Service (NPS) units that charge a fee on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, which is January 21st this year.

But with the government shutdown, many National Parks and other units are closed, or running at minimal capacity. So it doesn’t really matter if they’re free, we can’t visit.

And although you can physically still walk around the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial along the Tidal Basin, it is also technically closed.

Whelp, at least there are some other free days to look forward to in 2019!

* Saturday April 20 (first day of National Parks Week)
* Thursday August 25 (NPS Birthday)
* Saturday September 28 (National Public Lands Day)
* Monday November 11 (Veteran’s Day)

Note: If the shutdown ends before January 21st, we’ll update this post. Don’t hold your breath.

Author: Jeremy Bailey

Writer and editor living in Washington, D.C.

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