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Grand Canyon National Park Celebrates Its 100th-Year BIRTHDAY Today — Happy Birthday.

by Anura Guruge


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It shares a birthday with my other favorite National ParkAcadia.

That is how I know.

Strange. I haven’t seen anything in the media acknowledging this significant birthday.

I adore the Grand Canyon. I have visited it at least 8 times and know that I haven’t even scratched the surface. It takes my breath away each and every time without fail.

A natural wonder of the world.

Happy Birthday, the Grand Canyon National Park.

We need to be precise on this. The Canyon itself is much older. SMILE!


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100-Years Ago, Today, Acadia Graduated From Being A ‘National Monument’ To A ‘National Park’.

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Click image to access this post that EXPLAINS the transition from ‘National Monument’ to ‘National Park’.


Click to access the ‘WE WERE THERE’ post.


Well, first and foremost a fond Happy Birthday to a National Park we have visited 11-times (and counting).

Debatable as to what was the more significant centennial — the one in July 2016 when it became a National Monument or toady, when it was upgraded to a National Park.

The ‘Park’ itself commemorated the 2016 birthday. That made sense. Becoming a National Monument meant that it got ‘National’ status and protection. Plus, it was in July which made it a great time to celebrate. A bit difficult to have a birthday celebration in Acadia at the end of February.

But, let’s mark both.


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British RAF 100-Year Birthday, Royal Flypast Videos — July 10, 2018.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Royal_Air_Force


The actual Royal Air Force (RAF) birthday falls on April Fool’s Day but anybody with any sense knows that the British RAF is no laughing matter. Its history is remarkable that it has never been involved in a losing war. Yes, the RAF has only participated in wars that were won by the British or the Allies. Something to think about.

The actual 100th birthday was in April 2018, BUT ‘they’ held back this 100-plane Royal flyover till July — so that the Summer visitors can get into the act.

Check out the videos. There are more on YouTube including other RAF flyovers. 


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Acadia National Park 100th Birthday, Friday, July 8, 2016 — In 18 Pictures & Few Words.

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All taken with the Fuji X-T1 I rented.

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Acadia National Park 100 years Anura Guruge Fuji X-T1

Sieur de Monts spring Acadia National Park Anura Guruge Fuji X-T1

“Sieur de Monts” spring. The park was established on July 8, 1916 as the “Sieur de Monts National Monument”.

Mother Earth’s Creations Pow Wow artifacts Anura Guruge Fuji X-E2s


Jordan Pond Acadia National Park Anura Guruge Fuji X-T1


It was definitely very low-key, unstated and there were no fireworks of any sort. The Visitor Centers had some small stickers and tattoos with the Centennial logo lying inconspicuously on the counter while the main center, at Hulls Cove, and the gift shop at “Jordan’s Pond” had some Centennial merchandise. I, as is my wont, spoke to a few people and they had no idea that they were visiting the Park on an auspicious day. Once I told them they were, as was to be expected, tickled. The locals knew but were not making a big deal about it. One motel in Bar Harbor updated their roadside notice board to wish the Park a happy 100th birthday. That was about it. It wasn’t a great day weatherwise. Though there wasn’t much rain it was overcast, gray and gloomy all day. But we still had a good day — since it is neigh impossible not to enjoy yourself while in Acadia.

So that was Friday, July 8, 2016 on “Mount Desert Island” — Acadia National Park


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National Parks 100th Birthday, i.e., Centennial, Is Just For The ‘Park Service’ — Not Any Famous Parks.

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Click to access “National Park Service” (NPS) 100th Birthday celebration page. They do point out correctly that this is all about the August 25, 1916 CREATION of the ‘Park Service’.


And President Obama visited 2 National Parks
to mark the upcoming Centennial.

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Click image to access the original “Voice of America” coverage.


To be fair the National Park Service (NPS), in general, has done a good job pointing out that this 100th Birthday celebrations relate to the CREATION of the Park Service than any of the famous National Parks.

They do, however, as I have already pointed out subscribe to this — THOUGH that is wrong! Acadia only became a National Park in 1919.

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Here is an extract from an Excel spreadsheet I created on when the
current 59 National Parks were officially established.

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Notice that Yellowstone, the first Park to be established, is now 144 years old. Yosemite & Sequoia, both of which we visited in April, are 126s old.

Yes, there are 3 Parks turning 100 this year, but they are not ‘famous’.

2019 will be THE BANNER year — with the Grand Canyon, Zion and Acadia (again).


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