First responders get free admission to the Aquarium of the Pacific on Saturday

The Aquarium of the Pacific is offering free admission for first responders on Saturday, Sept. 11 as a thank-you gesture for the men and women who provide assistance for those in need, often putting their own lives at risk in the process.

“It’s our way of thanking the people who are in these tough and demanding professions and offering them a day where they can come and relax and enjoy the aquarium with friends and family,” said Claire Atkinson, senior manager of communications at the aquarium, in an interview in 2020.

Police officers, sheriff’s deputies, firefighters, doctors, nurses, EMS employees and 911 dispatchers are eligible for the free ticket.

The aquarium launched this annual event the year after the 9/11 terrorist attacks in 2001 to remember those who died and acknowledge those who continue to serve. Twenty years later, the facility continue the tradition of inviting all manner of first responders to visit the aquarium for free.

Active personnel will need to present their employee ID, paycheck stub, or professional organization membership card upon arrival. Only one free admission per reservation is permitted. Guests ages 2 and up are required to wear a mask on the premises, even in the outdoor exhibits.

Click here for more information and to reserve tickets.

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Cheantay Jensen is reporter and award-winning videographer who covers entertainment, art, food and culture for the Hi-lo section of the Long Beach Post. And sometimes breaking news, you know, just to keep things interesting.