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Grand Canyon National Park Celebrates 100th Anniversary With Free Admission

The Grand Canyon National Park celebrates its 100th anniversary this week.

It was Feb. 26, 1919, when President Woodrow Wilson designated the gorge as a national park cementing its federal protection.

In its honor, park entrance fees are waived all day on Tuesday, and an afternoon ceremony and dedication is open to the public.

If you plan to attend, park officials recommend checking the weather first.

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“Check road conditions before travelling to the park and make sure that you’re properly dressed,” warned park spokesperson Vanessa Ceja. 

Last week’s massive snow storm left the canyon and much of northern Arizona blanketed in snow.

Be sure to bring the complete winter gear, said Ceja.

“Jackets, hats and gloves, proper footwear, boots, closed-toed shoes.  And, you know, make sure that you’re bringing water and snacks.”

The ceremony kicks off a yearlong series of events at the canyon celebrating the park’s centennial year.

Holliday Moore is a native Arizonan and veteran journalist who joined KJZZ’s news team in January 2017.Moore graduated from Arizona State University after double majoring in mass communications and marketing/management. She spent her first two decades reporting for television news, beginning in small markets and working up to congressional correspondent in Washington, D.C., for a political news service.Family commitments in Arizona brought her back to the Southwest, where she covered legislative and court beats for Albuquerque’s KRQE-TV and the infamous Four Corner Manhunt as KREZ-TV’s managing editor.Back home in Phoenix, she developed ABC15’s “Democracy Project,” now instituted at all Scripps’ news stations nationwide. Her work garnered “Best Practices” recognition by the Poynter Institute and the prestigious Walter Cronkite Award for Excellence in Television Political Journalism.Her television reports, from sports to cultural issues, earned her multiple Emmy and Associated Press nominations, including a Rocky Mountain Emmy for her Hopi Partition Land Act coverage.As she started a family, Moore started her own media production agency, producing magazine-style travel stories for the Emmy-winning Arizona Highways Television show while working part time for a Valley radio station. She is convinced radio is where visual, sound, and print are merging through deeper storytelling. In her relatively short time with radio network affiliates, she has won four Edward R. Murrow Awards and multiple nominations from other professional news societies.Moore now teaches advanced broadcast writing to the next generation of reporters at ASU’s Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication, where a high percentage have gone on to receive national awards for their work in her class. She enjoys being back home near childhood friends and sharing the beautiful Arizona desert with her husband and young son.