WASHINGTON — The National Park Service (NPS) will waive entrance fees for all national parks tomorrow, Aug. 4, to celebrate the anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act.

Passed in 2020, the act improves infrastructure and expanding recreation opportunities in national parks and other public lands. The legislation established funding to make significant enhancements to ensure their preservation and provide recreation, education and enjoyment for current and future visitors.

By removing entrance fees, NPS hopes to increase access, encourage people to discover the parks and benefit from time spent outdoors. There are two more days this year when entrance fees will be waived: National Public Lands Day on Saturday, Sept. 24, and Veterans Day on Friday, Nov. 11.

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