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Free admission to national parks this weekend

updated 1:16 PM EST, Wed January 11, 2012
Admission fees, including $20 per car at Yosemite National Park, will be waived at national parks this weekend.
Admission fees, including $20 per car at Yosemite National Park, will be waived at national parks this weekend.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • National parks honoring MLK holiday with free admission
  • Some parks with ties to the civil rights leader will hold events
  • Free admission will be offered on 14 other days this year

(CNN) -- Soak up history and the outdoors this weekend with a fee-free visit to a national park. All 397 national parks will waive admission fees Saturday through Monday in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

"Dr. King's story and those of so many others whose efforts changed our country are preserved in the national parks, places where history happened," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis in a statement.

"I hope every American can take advantage of the upcoming fee free weekend and visit their parks to experience their history firsthand."

The Martin Luther King Jr. National Historic site in Georgia will hold special events over the weekend. The Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail in Alabama and the Lincoln Memorial also share close ties with King and the civil rights movement. In Washington, walking tours from the Lincoln Memorial to the new Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial will be held on Sunday and Monday at 2 p.m.

The Frederick Douglass National Historic site in Washington, the Morristown National Historical Park in New Jersey and the Fort Donelson National Battlefield in Tennessee also will hold special events to honor the late civil rights leader.

Free admission to the nation's parks will also be offered during National Park Week (April 21-29), Get Outdoors Day (June 9), National Public Lands Day (September 29) and Veterans Day weekend (November 10-12).

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