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Washington State Parks Offer 4 Free Access Days in June

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Washington residents wishing to take advantage of this hot, sunny days There will be plenty of opportunities to go outside this month.

The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission has added Juneteenth (June 19) to its program Discover Pass Free days this month, making June a total of four free access days where residents will no longer have to display a Discover Pass for day-use parking at Washington state parks.

Juneteenth is to commemorate the end of slavery in the United States in 1865, marking the date when the Emancipation Proclamation was read aloud to the enslaved people of Galveston, Texas. Slavery continued in Texas until 1865, despite the fact that President Abraham Lincoln had signed the proclamation two years earlier in 1863.


In June 2019, Governor Jay Inslee signed a official announcement Recognition of Juneteen across the state. This year, the Washington legislature passed a bill making Juneteen a paid holiday for state workers starting in 2022.

However, state parks will begin to offer greater access 140 State Parks Starting this year on Juneteenth. According to an official, the state’s land agency is stepping up efforts to promote diversity, equality and inclusion as core values News release.

In addition to June 19, there are three other free access days:

– Saturday, June 5, in recognition of National Trails Day.

— Saturday, June 12, in honor of National Outdoor Day.

– Sunday, June 13th, for Free Fishing Weekend.

The Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife has designated June 12 and 13 as both free fishing weekend, and one does not need a fishing license to fish in the state.

The remaining free access days in 2021 are:

– Wednesday, August 25 for National Park Service birthdays.

– Saturday, September 25 for National Public Lands Day.

– Thursday, November 11 for Veterans Day.

– Friday, November 26 for Autumn Day.

On days that aren’t free, a Discover Pass — which costs $30 annually or $10 for a one-day permit — is required for access to state parks and land.

While the National Park Service (NPS) isn’t offering any free entry days this month, residents can plan to take advantage of summer freebies two days later. The state’s three national parks have free admission days:

– August 4th to mark the one-year anniversary of the Great American Outdoors Act.

– August 25 for National Park Service birthdays.



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