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California State Parks Will Be Free For ‘Green Friday’

116 California State parks will be FREE next week on Black Friday.

They’re calling it “Green Friday”, providing you with a much different experience than one you’d get searching Bay Area malls for the hottest deals that day.

The California state parks department, in conjunction with San Francisco organizations the California State Parks Foundation and the Save the Redwoods League, will facilitate the event by providing 13,000 free vehicle one day-use passes to the public for visits at local parks. The passes will be given out on a first-come first-served basis. – SF Gate

116 parks is up from the 48 state parks that offered free admission last year on the same day. For a full list of participating parks, head to

Please keep in mind:

  • Passes are limited. They will be distributed on a first-come, first-served basis based on each park’s capacity.
  • Only one day-use pass is needed per vehicle, per park.
  • The pass covers day-use admission and parking fees. Pass does not guarantee a parking space or entry if the park is full due to high demand.
  • To ensure valid entry and avoid fines, printed passes must be presented to park staff at entry gates or displayed on vehicle dashboards if no personnel are on duty.
  • Electronic images of the pass will not be accepted.
  • Consider visiting a state park during the off-peak hours – opening time to 11 a.m. and 3 p.m. to closing time.
  • Visitors without passes are welcome, but must pay admission.
  • We encourage all park visitors to review and obey park rules.
  • Share your experiences with us on social media – hashtags: #GreenFriday and #CAStateParks.

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