The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission announces Juneteenth will now be a Discover Pass free day.
June 19 honors one of the most important days in Black American history. On Juneteenth, 1865, the Emancipation Proclamation was read to the enslaved people of Texas. This was the last state to have the proclamation read aloud. Though President Abraham Lincoln signed the proclamation Jan. 1, 1863, slavery continued in Texas for two and a half years.
Two years ago, Gov. Jay Inslee recognized Juneteenth in a proclamation statewide. In April, the Washington Legislature passed a bill making Juneteenth a paid state holiday for state workers beginning in 2022.
On Saturday, June 19, visitors will not need to display a Discover Pass for day-use parking at Washington state parks and on recreation lands managed by the Washington State Department of Natural Resources (DNR) and Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW).
The new designation reflects a commitment among state lands agencies to promote diversity, equity and inclusion as core values.
The Discover Pass costs $30 annually or $10 for a one-day permit and is required for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, WDFW and DNR.
The legislation that created the Discover Pass also allowed State Parks to designate up to 12 free days when the pass would not be required for day visits to state recreation lands.
For information about the Discover Pass, visit www.DiscoverPass.wa.gov.