ACADIA NATIONAL PARK, Maine — If you are heading to Maine’s coastal national park this weekend, you need not raid the piggy bank to pay your way in.

In celebration of the centennial of Acadia National Park and the National Park Service, both of which were created in 1916, admission to Acadia is free this weekend.

The same goes for all national park properties across the country. Katahdin Woods and Waters National Monument, which was created on Wednesday, Aug. 24, does not have any entrance fees, according to information posted on its website.

Admission fees to Acadia will be waived through Sunday, Aug. 28, according to park officials.

The waiver of the entrance fee, however, doesn’t apply to user activity fees such as camping, ranger-narrated boat cruises, services provided by permitted commercial operators, or entry to the Abbe Museum at Sieur de Mont Springs, they added.

The free entry to Acadia is part of several centennial celebratory events planned for the next few days.

Ocean Properties Ltd., a resort lodging firm with multiple hotels in Bar Harbor, baked a special 8-foot-by-4-foot cake that it served to its guests Thursday evening at the Bar Harbor Club.

On Saturday, a public gathering is scheduled from 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. at the Jordan Pond House in Acadia. Members of Maine’s congressional delegation and other officials are expected to attend the event, at which a Penobscot Indian drumming group and a community chorus of 100 people are expected to perform.

Only members of the public with handicapped-accessibility needs will be allowed to park at the restaurant Saturday morning. Others are asked to ride the Island Explorer bus or to park at Mount Desert Island High School and then ride a shuttle to the event.

Information about Acadia centennial celebrations can be found online at acadiacentennial2016.org. General information about the park is available at nps.gov/acad/ or by calling 288-3338.

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Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....