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Martin Luther King Day Free Entry To National Parks & Day Of Service

January 14, 2022

To celebrate the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on January 17, 2022, National Park Service sites have free admission for ALL! 

In addition, MLK Day, is a national day of service. This site shares some great info on ways to become involved. 

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. described a “fierce urgency of now” when he spoke at the March on Washington in 1963. Now, nearly 60 years later, his words have renewed meaning. They remind us we are stronger when we march forward, together.

In recognition of Dr. King’s legacy of service and leadership to gain equality for all Americans, Congress designated the Martin Luther King Jr. federal holiday as a national day of service in 1994. AmeriCorps leads the effort each year.

Observed each year on the third Monday in January — which falls on Jan. 17 in 2022 — the MLK Day of Service is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service. Since its inception, MLK Day of Service has grown and its impact has increased as more Americans embraced the idea that citizenship involves taking an active role to make communities better.