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Great American Outdoors Day
Federal
Enjoy the Great Outdoors!

When: August 4th

Where: United States

Traditional Celebration Ideas

Visit one of the many beautiful national parks.  Learn how to do an activity that is primarily done outside.  Get familiar with local hiking trail and start exploring. Go Fishing in a river, lake or ocean.  Enjoy the sunshine and ride a bicycle instead of using your car. 
 

Numbers

Approximately 4 million visitors visit the Yellowstone National Park which is also the oldest park.
 

Description

Over the years there has been a significant increase in visitors to our national parks.  Visitors from all over the world come to visit parks across the United States of America.  The huge number of people has also come at a cost, as there has been much wear and tear on the land and water in these areas.  In order to help maintain the beauty and conservation of these lands,  the land and water conservation fund was established by congress in 1965 with an estimated authorized funding cap of 900 million dollars.  Unfortunately congress has continually funded only a fraction of that amount. The fund has been crucial helping states with many projects that continue to maintain the preservation of public lands.  In 2020 President Donald Trump asked congress to come up with a bill that would provide more adequate funding, and ensure future preservation of the land and water in and around our national parks and public lands.  On August 4th, 2020 congress did exactly that with the passing of the Great American Outdoors Act and the bill was signed by President Trump. Many  organizations and people that have long advocated for this type of increased funding to address the decline of public lands have said this is the most important conservation legislation ever passed in the United States. 

Interesting Facts

  1. Entrance fees will be waived every year on Great Outdoors Day to enable all Americans to enjoy the national parks free of charge.
  2. President Donald Trump is often accused of not being environmentally conscience, however signed one of the most important pieces of legislation to protect the environment in over 100 years called "The Great American Outdoors Act" on August 4, 2020.
  3. The classic movie "Great Outdoors" is the only movie that both top comedic actors Dan Aykroyd and John Candy shared the top billing.
  4. John Muir also known as "Father of the National Parks" was born actually born in Scotland in 1838.
  5. Rhode Island is the number 1 state with the best natural environment based on air, water and overall health quality. 
     

Information

Observed:
  • August 4th
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