National Park Service Turns 100!

Stone archThe National Park Service is celebrating a big birthday this week in a big way. Tomorrow, the NPS turns 100, and you can enjoy free admission to all national parks in honor of the National Park Service centennial. But that’s just the beginning of the festivities.

On August 25th, 1916 President Woodrow Wilson signed a bill creating the National Park Service. The NPS cares for all of America’s national parks. Today, more than 20,000 employees and many more volunteers help make it possible for over 275 million visitors to experience some of the most beautiful natural areas in the United States.

What’s happening during the NPS centennial?

There is free admission to all national parks from August 25th through August 28th. There’s no better time to pack up the car and head for one of our 59 designated national parks. Seeing what all the fuss is about free of charge is a great way to celebrate the National Park Service turning 100!

But there’s more going on than just free entry. There are events taking place around the country to celebrate “America’s Best Idea”. The National Park Service put together a list of some of the fun events and activities set to take place.
The Buffalo National River here in Arkansas was the nation’s first national river. And while there are no events scheduled for this weekend, there are still a handful of events coming up later this year.Still 2 more days of free entry to national parks.

There are 16 days of free admission days to national parks in 2016. This birthday bash brings us through 2 full weeks of free entry to national parks, but there are still two days left this year. If you don’t have the luxury of taking a spur of the moment vacation, don’t fret. You can slip through the gates free of charge on National Public Lands Day (September 24th) as well as on Veterans Day (November 11th).

Be sure to stop by and see us before your next big trip. We have everything you need to make your time outdoors just right.

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