Black Friday continues to get a little greener across the Pacific Northwest.
Washington State Parks are eliminating Discover Pass fees for the day; it normally costs $10 to park at most recreation sites. The agency also offers nearly a dozen other fee-free days throughout the year, including New Year’s Day, Earth Day and Veterans Day.
In Oregon, the fee-free holiday applies to the 25 parks that usually charge a $5 parking fee. That includes popular spots like Smith Rock, Silver Falls and Fort Stevens state parks. Parking is free year-round at most state park sites.
The trend started back in 2015 in the Pacific Northwest, when outdoor retailer REI decided to close its stores for Black Friday, encouraging people to enjoy the outdoors instead of shopping. That announcement inspired the Oregon parks department to follow suit and waive all parking fees for the day, with Washington parks joining in 2017.
In Oregon, the fee-free day is called Green Friday, while in Washington it’s referred to as Autumn Day.
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