WASHINGTON – The National Park Service turns 100 years old in 2016 and wants everyone to celebrate! All national parks, including Lowell National Historical Park, will waive entrance fees on 16 special days in 2016.

The 16 entrance fee-free days for 2016 will be:
January 18 – Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

• April 16-24 – National Park Week

• August 25-28 – National Park Service Birthday Weekend

• September 24 – National Public Lands Day

• November 11 – Veterans Day
“In recognition of the National Park Service Centennial, we took a look at the meaning of our fee free days and we wanted to connect to our partners and do more in the spirit of Dr. King”  said  Celeste Bernardo, Superintendent of Lowell National Historical Park.   “I’m pleased by the response from the community and feel our offerings will make an inpact in the Merrimack Valley,” added Bernardo.  Here is a look at whats happening in January:

-January 11 ‐18 – Winter Clothing and Food Drive, Lowell NHP Visitor Center 246 Market St.

-January 18 -Winter clothing and food drive sorting and distribution service event, 10:00 ‐12:00 pm at the  Boott Cotton Mills Counting House.

-January 18– Middlesex Community College “Jumpstart” program day of service, 12:00‐4:30 pm,  Visitor Center Conference Room.

February in Lowell means Kids Week (February 15 -19, 2016).   The Boott Cotton Mills Museum will be Fee Free on Monday, February 15th for Presidents Day.

Look for additional events that are being planned for the National Park Service Centennial and many of these events will occur around the Fee Free days at the park.

For more information about Lowell National Historical Park, visit www/nps.gov/lowell, or call 978-970-5000. And, look for upcoming happenings related the the National Park Service Centennial celebrations in Lowell and across the NPS at www.nps.gov/centennial.