Centennial Birthday Weekend National Parks
The National Park Service invites visitors of all ages to join in the celebration of its 100th birthday this weekend. With special events across the country, and free admission to all 412 national parks from August 25 through August 28, the NPS is encouraging everyone to #FindYourPark / #EncuentraTuParque for the centennial.
To make it easier for visitors to #FindYourPark entrance fees will be waived nationwide including at the three Western PA National Park Sites that charge an entrance fee; this includes Fort Necessity National Battlefield, Johnstown Flood National Memorial and Allegheny Portage Railroad National Historic Site. All entrance fees are waived from August 25 through August 28.
On Thursday August 25, to celebrate the NPS Birthday with a bang, Fort Necessity NB Rangers and volunteers will fire reproduction artillery pieces to commemorate the 100th Birthday of the National Park Service. These historic weapons demonstrations will take place at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. and 3:00 p.m. Friendship Hill NHS Rangers and volunteers will celebrate the creation of the National Park Service by offering special NPS Centennial themed guided tours of the Gallatin House throughout the day.
Flight 93 National Memorial Park Rangers will present the “Discovery Table” and other special NPS Centennial programs from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, Saturday and Sunday in the Learning Center.
On Saturday, August 27, at Johnstown Flood National Memorial there will be a free, special program, presented at 7:00 pm in the Visitor Center Auditorium entitled “Evening on the Lake: Judge John W. Kephart’s Connection to the South Fork Fishing and Hunting Club.” Approximately 12 years after the Johnstown Flood of 1889, Kephart, a young lawyer was assigned to “wrap up” business at the site of the Clubhouse and grounds of the South Fork Fishing & Hunting Club.
About the Western PA National Parks: Visit the parks website Western PA National Parks, Facebook pages, email WEPAinformation@NPS.gov or call MaryEllen Snyder at 724-329-8131 for more information on the events planned in the five National Parks in Western PA.
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