National parks offer free admission for Martin Luther King Day
by Allyson Koerner
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Photo: Wikimedia Commons/Dick DeMarsico

This upcoming Monday, Jan. 16, is Martin Luther King Day, a day when we remember King’s fight for civil rights. Some might see it as a federal holiday where people have work and school off, but it is a day marking King’s birthday and his nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement.

If you don’t have any plans this weekend, and have Monday off, then there is a way you can celebrate this memorable day. Attend any national park nearest to you…for free. All 397 national parks will offer free admission from Saturday, Jan. 14 – Monday, Jan. 16, the National Park Service revealed.

What’s a better way to keep King’s memory alive and learn up close and personal about our history as a country? If you want to visit a park and learn about King directly, click here to find parks and memorials dedicated to him. To search other parks, here is a complete list.

King was shot and killed on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tenn. by James Earl Ray and would be 83 years-old this year. His “I Have a Dream” speech, delivered in 1963 in Washington D.C., and his tireless fight for equal rights will be remembered by a grateful nation forever.

We’ll leave you with this quote by King himself: “But there is something that I must say to my people who stand on the warm threshold which leads into the palace of justice. In the process of gaining our rightful place we must not be guilty of wrongful deeds. Let us not seek to satisfy our thirst for freedom by drinking from the cup of bitterness and hatred.”

About Allyson Koerner

Allyson Koerner first found her love of writing while attending Westminster College in Pennsylvania, and that passion evolved while she was earning her Master's in Print & Multimedia Journalism at Boston's Emerson College. She's an experienced writer dabbling in all things vegan, green, entertainment and TV-related. Feel free to keep tabs on her over at Twitter: @AllysonKoerner.

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