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Utah State Parks’ Military Appreciation Day is Aug. 12

FILE - The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation has announced it’s third annual Military Appreciation Day is set for Saturday, Aug. 12.
FILE - The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation has announced it’s third annual Military Appreciation Day is set for Saturday, Aug. 12.
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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Division of Parks and Recreation has announced its third annual Military Appreciation Day is set for Saturday, Aug. 12.

As part of the celebration, all active military, veterans and their families in the same vehicle will be allowed free day-use access to 43 state parks, except for This Is the Place Heritage Park.

In addition, many of the parks will also be hosting special events, including pancake breakfasts, 5K races, flag ceremonies, canoe rentals, disc golf tournaments and more.

“We have set this day aside to honor those currently serving in the military as well as those who have served in the past,” Jeff Rasmussen, deputy director of Utah State Parks, said in a statement. “Their sacrifices have given us the freedoms and safety that we all enjoy day in and day out. We think it’s important to recognize their service and dedication.”

Visiting a state park in your local community is always a great choice, he said, but experiencing a new park can bring a whole new element of fun. With 43 different state parks and plenty of activities to enjoy, you are sure to find your next adventure.

For a list of activities at the parks, visit the Utah State Parks website at stateparks.utah.gov.