Jamie Betts

Mark Your Calendars: Trust Gears Up for Park Day 2024

28th annual Park Day will take place at historic sites nationwide on April 6

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(Washington, D.C.) — Since 1996, the American Battlefield Trust’s Park Day event has brought volunteers of all ages to our nation’s historic sites and battlefields, readying them for a new season of tours and tourists. For many sites, the annual spring clean-up event has become a staple in their communities, bringing community members together to strengthen and foster love for history in their backyards. During Park Day, each site decides on what hands-on project will be performed with projects ranging from general maintenance to historic cannon paintings and more. This year, the Trust will celebrate Park Day on April 6, 2024.

“Park Day represents a powerful opportunity to connect with the stories etched in our nation’s hallowed grounds,” said Trust President David Duncan. “This day is a tribute to the rich tapestry that makes up our heritage and ensures these landmarks continue to inspire future generations.”

For nearly three decades, Park Day has boasted a remarkable legacy of volunteerism, with more than 450,000 hours dedicated to the safeguarding of treasured community spaces. Since 1996, more than 100,000 participants, from dedicated youth groups to esteemed veterans organizations like the Wounded Warriors, have rallied to ensure these sites remain pristine and accessible for all.

Sites tied to the Revolutionary War, War of 1812, Civil War and beyond have already enlisted in this year’s Park Day initiative. Site managers that still hope to participate, including on an alternate date later in the year, and potential volunteers can browse through participating sites using the Trust’s Park Day hub at www.battlefields.org/parkday

The American Battlefield Trust is dedicated to preserving America’s hallowed battlegrounds and educating the public about what happened there and why it matters today. The nonprofit, nonpartisan organization has protected more than 58,000 acres associated with the Revolutionary War, War of 1812 and Civil War across 155 sites in 25 states. Learn more at www.battlefields.org.