Free National Parks Entrance Days 2024 (Complete List)
Our great nation, the United States of America, celebrates several momentous events throughout the year with free entrance to National Parks!
The National Park Service is a treasure trove of some of the most stunning landscapes and awe-inspiring natural wonders in the United States. Fortunately, in 2024, there will be six days on which visitors to the national parks will be able to enjoy free admission to all sites that charge an entrance fee!
Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free dates in 2024 and experience the beauty of the national parks without worrying about the cost of admission. This is a fantastic opportunity for anyone who loves nature and wants to explore some of the most breathtaking places in the country.
So, whether you’re looking to hike through the Grand Canyon, explore the geysers of Yellowstone, or simply take in the stunning views of Acadia National Park, be sure to take advantage of these entrance fee-free dates in 2024. Don’t miss out on the chance to experience the great outdoors and all the amazing wonders that the national parks have to offer!
January 15: Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. In honor of the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., national parks will waive entrance fees for everyone on Monday, January 15, 2024, as the first fee-free day of the year. It is also a day of service when thousands of volunteers participate in service projects across the country, including at national parks.
April 20: First day of National Park Week National Park Week is happening from April 20 to April 28 this year. Entrance fees will be waived on April 20, 2024, to kick off the celebration and to encourage everyone to enjoy their national parks in person. National Park Service parks, programs, and partners will host events and activities all week!
June 19: Juneteenth National Independence Day. The National Park Service invites all visitors to commemorate Juneteenth National Independence Day by visiting any National Park Service site that charges an entrance fee for free on July 19, 2024.
August 4: Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act The Great American Outdoors Act (GAOA), passed in 2020, provides funding to improve infrastructure and expand recreation opportunities in national parks and other public lands. The legislation established the National Parks and Public Land Legacy Restoration Fund and guaranteed permanent funding for the existing Land and Water Conservation Fund. To commemorate the anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act, the National Park Service invites everyone to visit any National Park Service site that charges an entrance fee for free on August 4, 2024.
September 28: National Public Lands Day Established in 1994 and held annually on the fourth Saturday in September, National Public Lands Day is traditionally the nation’s largest single-day volunteer effort. It celebrates the connection between people and green space in their community, inspires environmental stewardship, and encourages use of open space for education, recreation, and health benefits. All National Park Service sites that charge an entrance fee will offer free admission to everyone on September 28, 2024 in celebration of National Public Lands Day!
November 11: Veterans Day Many national parks have direct connections to the American military—there are dozens of battlefields, military parks, and historic sites that commemorate and honor the service of American veterans. In addition, every national park is part of our collective identity that defines who we are and where we came from as a nation. They are tactile reminders of the values, the ideals, and the freedoms that our veterans protect.
More information on these free fee days can be found on the US National Park Service website
The entrance fee waiver for fee-free days does not cover amenities or user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.