Special Events in Kings Canyon National Park

General Grant Christmas
The holiday season begins in Kings Canyon National Park with a special celebration at the 268-foot tall General Grant Tree, the third largest giant sequoia in the park. Designated as the Nation's Christmas Tree by U.S President Calvin Coolidge in 1926, the General Grant Tree has been the site of a Christmas celebration for the past eight decades. The giant sequoia is also the only tree in the nation to be proclaimed a national, living shrine to the fallen men and women who served in the U.S. military. Both designations are celebrated in the holiday event. Held on the second Sunday of each December, the annual Trek to the Nation's Christmas Tree is hosted by nearby Sanger Chamber of Commerce. Several chartered buses take revelers to the General Grant Tree for the celebration. The event begins with park rangers laying a wreath at the base of the giant sequoia while military personnel are on hand to participate in the ceremony. The holiday season is further honored with the music of a Christmas choir and a special Christmas message. In all, about 400 people participate in the holiday event.

Fourth of July
Celebrate U.S Independence Day at Kings Canyon National Park at the Grant Grove Fourth of July Parade. Recent parade participants included the usual floats, cars and trucks along with some less usual paraders, including a celebrator in a bear suit, a local postal service worker and some of the park rangers. It's a parade not to be missed!

Free Days
Each year, the National Park Service designates a number of days during which it is free to enter Kings Canyon National Park and other entrance-fee parks. Generally speaking, these free days include National Park Week in April, Get Outdoors Day in June, National Public Lands Day in September, Veterans Day in November and Martin Luther King Jr. birthday weekend in January.

Special Activities
There are a number of seasonal special activities in Kings Canyon National Park. In the winter, explore the park with ranger-led snowshoe walks and Giant Sequoia Tree Walks. From late spring to early fall, enjoy campfire activities, various ranger walks and talks, horseback tours, evening programs in the amphitheater at Cedar Grove and walks through Zumwalt Meadow. Occasionally, rangers hold night sky talks in the Cedar Grove area. Crystal Cave tours are available at nearby Sequoia National Park.