In the Pacific Northwest, all those Black Friday shopping nightmares might soon play second fiddle to a new post-Thanksgiving tradition: going outside.
OregonLive.com reported that northwest state parks will once again waive all day-use fees for the day after Thanksgiving this year, replacing the consumer-minded holiday with Green Friday in Oregon and Autumn Day in Washington. Several other states across the country are also participating in the program, including California, Colorado, Minnesota, Michigan and Indiana.
In Oregon, the fee-free holiday applies to the 26 parks that usually charge a $5 parking fee. That includes popular park sites like Smith Rock, Silver Falls and Fort Stevens.
This year, the Oregon Parks and Recreation Department has also teamed up with Starbucks and Smith Teamaker to provide hot coffee and tea to Green Friday visitors at Tryon Creek, Fort Stevens, Rooster Rock, Silver Falls and Cape Blanco state parks.
Washington state parks are joining in for the first time this year, adding Black Friday to a list of about a dozen days each year that the parks department waives day-use fees. The department usually requires the purchase of a Discover Pass for almost all state park sites – a cost of $10 for a day or $30 for an annual pass – but that fee is waived for occasions like Earth Day, Veterans Day and, now, Autumn Day.
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