VNMP to have free admission Saturday

Published 7:35 pm Thursday, September 20, 2018

National Public Lands Day will be celebrated nationwide Saturday, including in Vicksburg where visitors to the National Military Park can enjoy free admission.

Usually, Vicksburg National Military Park has an entrance fee of $15 per car.

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Living historians will also be present to help bring the Civil War to life for visitors.

Meanwhile, Guardians of the Cemetery will have their monthly clean-up day in the National Cemetery beginning at 7:30 a.m.

Volunteers will be working on the grounds and cleaning headstones. Those who wish to help are advised to wear long pants and closed toe shoes.

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers will also waive day use fees at its facilities in recognition of NPLD. On this day, fees normally charged at boat launch ramps and swimming beaches at its recreational areas nationwide will be waived.

In recognition of NPLD, in Mississippi, day user fees are being waived only on Saturday at the four USACE lakes in north Mississippi — Arkabutla, Enid, Grenada and Sardis.

The Vicksburg District has been involved with NPLD since its inception in 1994 and has consistently been one of the event’s largest providers of sites and volunteers.