Discover Pass Free Day - Juneteenth

JUNE 19, 2023

Juneteenth is one of the 12 days a year when a Discover Pass is not required to park on any land managed by the Department of Natural Resources (DNR), Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission (Parks), or the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife (WDFW)
Juneteenth has been celebrated in Black communities since June 19, 1865, when enslaved people in Texas learned they were free. The news reached them two and a half years after the signing of the Emancipation Proclamation. Gov. Jay Inslee proclaimed Juneteenth a state holiday beginning in 2022. In June, 2020, state lands made it a free day for the first time.
In 2023, the Discover Pass free days are:
  • Sunday, January 1  – New Year's Day and First Day Hikes
  • Monday, January 16 – Martin Luther King Day 
  • Thursday, March 9 – Billy Frank Jr.’s birthday 
  • Sunday, March 19 – Washington State Parks’ birthday 
  • Saturday, April 22 – Earth Day 
  • Saturday, June 10 – National Get Outdoors Day 
  • Sunday, June 11 – Free Fishing Weekend 
  • Monday, June 19 – Juneteenth 
  • Saturday, September 23 – National Public Lands Day 
  • Tuesday, October 10 – World Mental Health Day 
  • Saturday, November 11 – Veterans Day 
  • Friday, November 24 – Autumn Day 
Would you like to earn a complimentary Discover Pass? You can do that by volunteering on public lands. Learn more about how to earn a free Discover Pass by volunteering with DNR
State lands free days align with 2011 legislation that created the Discover Pass, which costs $30 to $35 annually, or $10 to $11.50 for a one-day visit, depending on point of purchase. The pass is required to be displayed in your window for vehicle access to state recreation lands managed by Washington State Parks, WDFW and DNR. The Discover Pass legislation directed State Parks to designate up to 12 free days when the pass would not be required to visit state parks. 
The free days do not apply to Sno-Parks. During the winter season, November through April, visitors to Sno-Parks will need Sno-Park permits that are available for purchase online or from vendors throughout the state. For more information about winter recreation permit requirements, visit

June 19, 2023