The National Park Service has announced that there will be free admission at all 412 National Parks, including Acadia National Park August 25-28 in celebration of its centennial birthday month.

The fee waiver includes admission only, and does not include user fees for activities such as camping, boat launches, transportation or special tours at the National Parks.

On August 27, a community celebration will be held on the lawn of Jordan Pond House as the park marks 100 years of conservation and community stewardship and launches the next century of community engagement in the national parks.

Highlights will include The Centennial Singers—a chorus of one hundred voices—a ceremony acknowledging the achievements of one hundred Junior Rangers, and special presentations. Events begin at 8:30 a.m. Free shuttle service will begin at 7 a.m. from Mount Desert Island High School. Parking lots at Jordan Pond House will be closed during this event except for those with accessibility and event permits.

"August –our birthday month –will be a nationwide celebration of national parks, and we're inviting everyone to the party," said National Park Service Director Jonathan B. Jarvis."We like to think that we look pretty good for 100, and with so many events and activities to commemorate this milestone, we hope all Americans will join us to celebrate the breathtaking landscapes and inspiring history in our nation's parks and public lands.Whether it is in a distant state or in your own community, there are hundreds of ways and places to find your park."

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