FREE National Park Day for Everyone on June 19th

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Gear up for an adventure on the next free National Parks Day!

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Looking for something to do with the kiddos? You’re in luck! The National Park Service is offering a FREE entrance day to U.S. National Parks on Wednesday, June 19th – no special park pass needed!

This free entrance pass provides a great opportunity to visit a park that normally charges an entrance fee like Yellowstone National Park, Grand Canyon National Park, and more. You can check out the full list of participating sites here. There are over 400 National Parks in the United States!

Can’t make it? Mark your calendars for these free National Park Days…

Glacier national park view

Know a Veteran or Gold Star Family? Be sure to pass a freebie along to them!

Veterans and Gold Star Families will receive a FREE Interagency Military Lifetime Pass to national parks, wildlife refuges, and other Federal lands managed by the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management, Bureau of Reclamation, US Fish and Wildlife Service, US Forest Service, and the US Army Corps of Engineers!

Active-duty members of the US Military and their dependents also qualify for a free annual pass to many of these attractions. Plus, entrance fees and standard amenity recreation fees will also be waived for Active Military, Veterans, and Gold Star Families!

For the purposes of this program, a Veteran is defined as an individual who served in the US Armed Forces (including the National Guard and Reserves). Gold Star Families are the next of kin of a member of the US Armed Forces who lost his or her life in a “qualifying situation” such as war, an international terrorist attack, or a military operation outside of the US while serving with the US Armed Forces.

Yellowstone National Park sign

If you’re planning to claim this awesome freebie at one of our nation’s parks or other Federal lands, please note that one of the following forms of identification will be required:

  • Department of Defense Identification Card
  • Veteran Health Identification Card (VHIC)
  • Veteran ID Card
  • Veterans designation on a state-issued U.S. driver’s license or identification card

Before visiting a national park site, Gold Star Family members must download and print a voucher to present to park staff, exchange for an Interagency Military Lifetime Pass, or place on the vehicle dashboard at unstaffed sites.

More ways to save on a National Parks Pass:

FREE 1-Year National Parks Membership for Families with 4th Graders


Check out even more great freebies over here!


About the writer:

Erika has a Bachelor’s Degree in Anthropology from Sonoma State University and 5+ years of writing experience from various deal sites including Hip2Save.


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