Celebrate MLK Day for Free in a National Park

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is Monday and to encourage you to get out of the house the National Park Foundation opens all of its parks for free. Parks also put on various events to commemorate the holiday.

Or, considering Congress named the holiday a national day of service 22 years ago, you could check out one of the many service events hosted by the Student Conservation Association and American Express in New York or Washington D.C.

Check out the full list of events below and head over the National Park Foundation website for more information. In the meantime, we’ve picked out a few ideas below:

  • Take a tour of Dr. King’s birth home at Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site (Georgia).
  • Stop in at the visitor center at George Washington Carver National Monument (Missouri) for a special screening of “We Shall Overcome.”
  • Hear the symbol of freedom and justice ring at Independence National Historical Park (Pennsylvania). Join the park and the Philadelphia Martin Luther King, Jr. Association for Nonviolence for a ceremonial tapping of the Liberty Bell in honor of Dr King’s life and work.
  • Join volunteers at Valley Forge National Historical Park (Pennsylvania) as they tackle service projects.
  • Help preserve our national inheritance at Saguaro National Park (Arizona) by picking up litter along S. Freeman Rd and S. Old Spanish Trail.
  • Engage with the momentous march and speech that epitomized the civil rights movement at www.WeAreStillMarching.com. The interactive site transports you to August 28, 1963 and allows you to read Dr. King’s historic “I Have a Dream” speech and record yourself reciting it.
  • Continue the tradition of stewardship and volunteerism in parks at Greenbelt Park (Maryland).
  • Take a stroll from the Lincoln Memorial to the Martin Luther King Memorial at National Mall and Memorial Parks (Washington, D.C.). The ranger-led walk will discuss Dr. King’s dream for a better America.
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