All 398 national parks and landmarks across the USA will have FREE entrance on Monday, January 21, 2013 in commemoration of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. It is the first of ten free admission days to national parks in 2013: the weekdays of National Park Week (April 22 through 26), the National Park Service’s 97th birthday (August 25), National Public Lands Day (September 28), and Veterans Day weekend (November 9 through 11).
Unfortunately, the Statue of Liberty is not included on Monday, because of damage sustained to the boat dock and walkways in Hurricane Sandy. Lady Liberty is fine, but not so the access areas.
Click here for the National Park Service sites in New York City and Tri-State area.
National parks directly associated with Dr. King include the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site in Georgia which contains his birthplace, home, church, and grave; the 54-mile long Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama where he led the 1965 Voting Rights March; and the National Mall and Memorial Parks in Washington, D.C. which include the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and the Lincoln Memorial where he spoke of his dream for America.
Among the dozens of other national parks that celebrate African American achievements are New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park in Louisiana, Sequoia National Park in California, George Washington Carver National Monument in Missouri, Tuskegee Airmen National Historic Site in Alabama, and Nicodemus National Historical Site in Kansas.