Monday, Jan. 20, is MLK Day, a national holiday set aside to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and to encourage Americans to participate in a day of service to celebrate MLK's legacy.

For many, this federal holiday means a day off from school and work. It also means that there is free admission to any one of the 401 national parks and historic sites around the country.  

MLK Day is just one in a series of free-fee days offered by the National Park Service each year. For the complete schedule of free admission days, check out this post. In the meantime, don't forget to take advantage of the opportunity this Monday to visit — or volunteer — at one of your favorite national parks. Take a hike, go for a drive or soak up some history in one of our country's national jewels.

Looking for a park that celebrates African-American history? Try one of these:

  • African Burial Ground National Monument
  • Booker T. Washington National Monument
  • Boston African American National Historic Site
  • Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site
  • Cane River Creole National Historical Park
  • Carter G. Woodson Home National Historic Site
  • Colonial National Historical Park: Jamestown
  • Dayton Aviation Heritage National Historical Park: Paul Laurence Dunbar House
  • Fort Davis National Historic Site
  • Fort Scott National Historic Site
  • Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
  • George Washington Carver National Monument
  • Harpers Ferry National Historical Park
  • Jean Lafitte National Historical Park and Preserve: Chalmette Lincoln Memorial
  • Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site
  • Martin Luther King Jr., Memorial
  • Mary McLeod Bethune Council House National Historic Site
  • New Orleans Jazz National Historical Park
  • Nicodemus National Historic Site
  • Perry's Victory and International Peace Memorial
  • Petersburg National Battlefield
  • Port Chicago Naval Magazine National Memorial
  • Richmond National Battlefield Park
  • Selma to Montgomery National Historic Trail
  • Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve: Kingsley Plantation
  • Tuskegee Institute National Historic Site
  • Virgin Islands National Park

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