Military Appreciation Day

Military Appreciation Day 2023 Flyer

The Utah Division of State Parks is excited to announce that Military Appreciation Day will be held Saturday, August 12, 2023!

As part of the celebration, all Utah state parks* will offer free day-use entrance for active military, veterans, and their families in the same vehicle. 

“We owe a lot to these individuals, and it is important to recognize their service,” Utah State Parks Director Jeff Rasmussen said. “Setting aside this day to honor those currently serving and those who have previously served is something Utah State Parks is both happy and proud to do. Their sacrifices have given us the freedoms and safety that we enjoy.”

Visiting a park in your local community is always a great choice, but experiencing a new park can bring a whole new element of fun. With so many unique state parks across Utah, there are multiple opportunities to get out there and explore. 

*All standard fees will apply at This Is The Place Heritage Park.

Additional Activities on August 12

Along with free day-use entrance to all state parks*, some parks are also offering events and programs on Military Appreciation Day.

Check back frequently to see any updates or new events!

Camp Floyd State Park
Join us from 10:00 AM – 4:00 PM for Utah State Parks Military Appreciation Day as we honor those who have and are still serving. Veterans and active military and their families in the same vehicle receive free admission to Camp Floyd State Park. Stroll through our military displays honoring those who have served. Have your children learn military drills with a toy musket and wear a period uniform. Visit the camps of military re-enactors and play period games and activities. See artifacts from Camp Floyd from the time it was occupied (1858-1861) in our museum and tour the historic Stagecoach Inn which was in operation from 1858 to 1947. Come on out and join us for this family-friendly event.

At 2:00 PM join us at the stage for a concert from Company B. Company B is a close harmony vocal trio that uplifts audiences with golden-era American classics reminiscent of the Andrews Sisters. With sets packed with classic boogie-woogie hits, swing and jazz standards, and their take on more contemporary songs, Company B keeps guests anxious to hear what is next. Food will be available for purchase. Admission is $5 per person or $15 per family (immediate family only). Active military and Veterans and their families in the same vehicle are free. For more information please call (801) 768-8932 or email

Dead Horse Point State Park
All-day event – veterans and active duty U.S. military receive free park entry and 20% off retail items. Please have a military ID on hand. Thank you for your service.

Fremont Indian State Park & Museum
Enjoy an early-morning flag ceremony by our local VFW and celebrate their service to our country. Veterans and active duty U.S. military receive free park entry. 9:00 AM at the museum.

Quail Creek State Park

DIG Paddlesports will be offering one free two-hour kayak or paddleboard rental to current and former military. Thank you DIG for your partnership in this event!

Utah Lake State Park
Utah State Parks is proud to host Military Appreciation Day. Free day-use entry at all Utah State Parks will be given to active and retired military members and guests in the same vehicle. While supplies last active duty and veteran military members that come to Utah Lake State Park will also be given a small token of gratitude. Please let us know at the gate that you served!

Yuba State Park
Yuba State Park will be honoring the men and women of our armed forces. All current, past and veteran military with their families get in the park for free day use. We will also be putting on a free breakfast for them (pancakes and sausages) Goes from 8:00 AM – 10:00 AM. (This event will have no impact on regular park operations)