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Gov. Baker has announced that all entrance and parking fees to Massachusetts state parks will be waived through Sunday, Nov. 29.

The governor’s office had originally announced the waived state park fees for Veterans Day as a way to show thanks to all those who have served or now serve in the U.S. armed forces. However, due to rain and wind around Veterans Day, the governor has now announced that the Thanksgiving holiday weekend will also see free access to Massachusetts state parks.

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“It is my hope that we all take a few moments during our time with friends and family this Thanksgiving to think of the many sacrifices brave men and women have made on behalf of serving this great country,” Gov. Baker said in a statement.


Additionally, the state government has announced that there will be several Black Friday hikes in various state parks. The hikes are intended to provide people and their families with added outdoor recreational opportunities.

“With the holiday season fast approaching, it is essential that we all take time out of our busy schedules to get outside and remain active as part of a healthy lifestyle,” Department of Conservation and Recreation Acting Commissioner Daniel Sieger.

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Massachusetts includes over 450,000 acres of public land, including the Veterans War Memorial located at the summit of Mt. Greylock and Fort Independence on Castle Island.

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