The National Park Service (NPS) officially turns 100 years old this year and parks all around the country are celebrating.
This week, celebrate the centennial on the NPS’s actual birthday, this Thursday, August 25 in Philadelphia at Independence National Historical Park.
Join folks from the Independence National Historical Park, Friends of Independence National Historical Park and National Park Travelers Club for a day-long birthday party kicking off at 10 a.m. and running through 8 p.m.
The festivities get started with an unveiling of a bronze plaque dedicated to Stephen Mather, the first director of the NPS, which will be followed by a slew of family-friendly activities, including games, free cupcake tastings and more.
Throughout the day, the Benjamin Franklin Museum offers free admission and in the evening, visitors are encouraged to bring a picnic and spread out on the lawn of Independence Mall while enjoying live music from the Mason Porter Band. At 5 p.m., a special time capsule – not to be opened for another 100 years – will be open for visitors to check out its contents before it gets officially sealed at 6 p.m.
Take advantage of the entire Historic Philadelphia District while you’re there and consider exploring some of the other area attractions, including the Liberty Bell Center, Independence Hall and beyond.
Can’t make it out on the organization’s exact birthday? The NPS is celebrating this monumental marker all year long with special centennial events at parks across the country.