Friday, June 26, 2009

National Park Service launches 4th of July website

What better way to celebrate Independence Day this year than by visiting a National Park?

The National Park Service has the honor of preserving numerous areas that commemorate the birth of the United States and American Independence. The ideals and freedoms that were won during the American Revolution and guaranteed in the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence are celebrated throughout the National Park System.

“The Fourth of July is an American tradition and a National Park tradition,” said Dan Wenk, acting Director of the National Park Service. “It is a time to come together with family and friends and celebrate the birth of this nation. I invite everyone to celebrate Independence this year at a National Park site - many of the events and people that established and helped maintain our Independence as a nation are today commemorated in areas managed by the National Park Service. Come visit us and have a safe and happy Fourth of July.”

The National Park Service has made available a website to assist visitors as they make plans to visit national parks this Independence Day. By visiting the Celebrating Independence in America’s National Parks website, visitors can learn of the many special programs taking place on and around the Fourth of July at National Park Service sites throughout the nation.

As an example, Cumberland Gap National Historical Park will be celebrating its Golden Anniversary this year. The park was dedicated as a National Historical Park on July 4, 1959.

To learn more about American Independence and the National Park Service and to gain a an understanding of our nation’s past, present, and future, visit the Celebrating Independence in America’s National Parks website.

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