Cars on Trail Ridge Road in Rocky Mountain National Park. Credit: NPS

UNITED STATES – Heads up, entrance to all national parks across the United States will be free this Wednesday, June 19, in celebration of Juneteenth National Independence Day.

Juneteenth celebrates the date of June 19, 1865, when enslaved people of African descent located in Galveston, Texas, finally learned of their freedom from the slavery system in the United States.” – National Park Service

Juneteenth is one of six annual free entrance days at parks across the country, and the third one of the year. The first two are celebrated on the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. and on the first day of National Park Week (April 20 this past spring). The final three are celebrated on the Anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act (August 4), National Public Lands Day (September 28), and Veterans Day (November 11).

National Park free entrance days provide free entrance to any of the sites that usually charge an entrance fee. It does not cover amenity fees and other fees like camping, boat launches, transportation, or special tours.

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