Free C&O Canal boat rides for park service centennial

- (AP) — The C&O Canal National Historical Park is offering free mule-drawn boat rides to mark the 100th birthday of the National Park Service.

The park says in a statement that the canal boat rides at the Great Falls Tavern Visitor Center in Potomac are free on Thursday. The rides normally cost $5 to $8 per person.

Other centennial events Thursday in the Mid-Atlantic region include naturalization ceremonies at Fort McHenry in Baltimore and at the World War II Memorial in Washington.

National parks across the country are offering free admission, birthday cake, ranger talks and other special events to mark the anniversary.

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