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Free Admission to National Parks on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

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January 14, 2016 · 1k Views

We’re super excited for the 3-day weekend coming up in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For those who have yet to make plans, why not venture outside to the great outdoor next Monday? The National Park Service is turning 100 years old in 2016 and to celebrate with all outdoor adventurers, they’re offering everyone entrance fee-free dates this year!

Yellowstone National Park

Next Monday, January 18th, will mark the first free national park entrance day of the year plus keep these dates in mind for future free entrance day coming up:

  • January 18: Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • April 16 – 24: National Park Week
  • August 25 – 28: National Park Service Birthday
  • September 24: National Public Lands Day
  • November 11: Veterans Day


Yellowstone National Park Midway Geyser Basin (Night)


Across America, there are over 400 beautiful National parks that will open their doors fee-free on the 18th making it a great opportunity to head out, explore and get some activity in. If it’s your first time heading out to the national park, you might want to head over to REI and download their app for trail maps, guides and more. Also, if you’re planning to head out over the weekend leading into Monday, we’ve listed a few deals on outdoor gear, apparel and more to help you save. Many retailers will be amping up the sales for Martin Luther King Jr. Day so this is also a good time to stock up and save.


Martin Luther King Jr. Day | Sports & Outdoor Deals (Stock Up & Save!)

Columbia Women’s Glacial Fleece III Printed Half-Zip Top @ Sports Authority (Orig. $34.99; Sale $29.99)

Sports Authority currently offers tons of weekly hot deals including clearance savings where quality sports wear and gear are discounted from 40% to as high at 70% off. They’re actually offering prime savings on a range of Columbia fleece jackets starting from a low price of $21.99. You can easily find all of their current outdoor outlet deals and all shoes and clothes gets free shipping with no minimum. They also offer a lowered shipping threshold of $39 for a limited time.

Backcountry is another premier sports and outdoor department stores and they’re currently having a rare deal where you can get an extra 50% off original price on any outlet item with their code JAN50. For the best deals on outerwear from big name brands like The North Face, patagonia, Mountain Hard Wear and such, we’re seeing tons of discounts up to 50% off. You can find insulated jackets, fleece, rain and more options.

If you’re in need of a fresh pair of hiking or casual quality boots, we don’t see discounts on the Timberland brand often but they’re actually offering an extra 30% off their sale collection right now! You can use their code SALE2016 for the extra discount at checkout.

New Balance Men’s Fresh Foam Zante Running Shoes (Orig. $99.99; Sale $59.97)

We keep it frugal over here and say, ditch the big name brands in favor of popular discount retailer sportswear brand like C9 Champion from Target. A lot of shoppers don’t know this but if you get access to more discounts shopping at Target online. They’re offering a $5 off $30 or $10 off $50 dollar discount with coupon code FIT for their line of Champion workout wear. Plus, you can’t beat that low free shipping minimum of just $25!

Our last sports and outdoor pick for you is Dick’s Sporting Goods and they never fail to impress with deals on top brands like Nike and Under Armour. A few great ongoing offers from them include up to 40% in savings on jackets, fleece, boots and more winter wear. You can spot all their current offers at but their deepest discounts will be in their clearance section where their End of Season sale is currently happening (they’ll automatically discount another 25% off sale items too).

Save More: All MLK Day Sales & Deals Masterlist

If you’re liking these free entrance dates to National Parks, Bank of America and Merrill Lynch launched a promotion for their credit or debit cardholders! If you have a BoA or Merrill Lynch card, you get free admission on the first full weekend every month this year to museums across the country. From the San Jose Tech Museum to New York MoMA, free entrance is coming up next month on February 6-7th!

The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City, New York

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