There’s a lot happening in parks and NPS programs every day! The NPS even hosts national celebrations throughout the year. While it’s hard to pick just a couple things that stand out, each year we focus attention on a few days that are extra special. Discover what makes the events special and how you can get involved.
Federal holidays offer an opportunity to reflect on our nation's history and heritage in national parks.
- Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. (January, observed on the third Monday)
- Independence Day (July 4)
- Memorial Day (May, observed on the last Monday)
- Veterans Day (November 11)
National Park Service Celebrations
Join in special days that are sponsored by the National Park Service often in partnership with many others.
- Fee-Free Days (throughout the year)
- National Park Week (during April)
- National Park Service Birthday (August 25)
- National Fossil Day (October, second Wednesday)
Theme Days & Campaigns
The National Park Service also commemorates or celebrates other theme days and campaigns throughout the year. Here are just a few:
- Black History Month
- Engineers Week
- Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15)
- Native American Heritage Month
Last updated: October 9, 2020