National Park Service offers free admission Sunday to celebrate agency's 103rd birthday

National Park Service offers free admission August 25 to celebrate agency's 103rd birthday

WASHINGTON — Want to experience the great outdoors this weekend? You're in luck: Hundreds of national parks, historic sites and more are offering free admission Sunday, Aug. 25, to commemorate the National Park Service's 103rd birthday, also known as Founders Day.

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According to the agency's website, the annual event celebrates the creation of the NPS, which was formed when President Woodrow Wilson signed the National Park Service Act on Aug. 25, 1916. Today, the federal agency manages 418 parks and other sites, many of which offer free admission daily. However, even the sites that normally do charge entrance fees will waive them Sunday.

NPS sites may still charge for transportation, concessions, camping, tours or other services on Founders Day, the agency said.