National parks in the U.S. are offering free admission to visitors on Monday to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

“National parks throughout the country provide inspiration to reflect on issues that resonated with Dr. King, including freedom, human rights, and social justice,” said National Park Service Acting Director David Vela in a statement. “We remember his life and legacy through programs and outreach that elevate his dream of inclusiveness for all.”

The parks include several historic sites that have connections to King or the civil rights movement, such as the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historic Site, the Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail, the Lincoln Memorial, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial and The Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument.

Of the 419 national park sites in the U.S., 110 normally charge entrance fees ranging from $3 to $35. The parks include more than 84 million acres across U.S. states and territories. 

The National Park Service plans to offer five other days of the year with free admission, including April 18, Aug.25, Sept. 26, and Nov. 11.

Published on Jan 20, 2020