Philadelphia, PA - In celebration of Kids to Parks Day, held annually the third Saturday in May, millions of Americans will join National Park Trust (NPT) and its many partners on May 19th to honor America's parks and public lands by attending over 1000 free park events in all 50 states and Washington, D.C. The United States Senate passed a resolution of support declaring May 19, 2018 Kids to Parks Day.
"NPT hopes families across America will commemorate Kids to Parks Day by planning a fun family outing or attending a park event, joining a collective celebration in what has become our national day of outdoor play," said Grace Lee, executive director of NPT.
New in 2018, National Park Trust is partnering with Blue Star Families (BSF) to host park events specifically for active duty military and their families. Eleven BSF chapters will organize 18 park events across the country. "Partnering with Blue Star Families, connecting military families to parks, is an honor and we are so pleased that Kids to Parks Day also falls on Armed Forces Day." added Lee.
"Working with National Park Trust, Blue Star Families is creating special opportunities to enjoy, learn and connect with America's outdoor treasures that service members protect every day," said Suzi Guardia, senior advisor for neighbor engagement at BSF.
Mayors from over 400 cities and towns – including Chicago (IL), Boston (MA), Philadelphia (PA), Miami-Dade County (FL), Arlington (TX), San Jose (CA), Los Angeles (CA), Tucson (AZ), Hawaii County (HI), Chattanooga (TN), Portland (OR), Newark (NJ), Denver (CO), Anchorage (AK), and Cleveland (OH) have signed resolutions of support.