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Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Day is a celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. It recognizes his efforts towards social equality and civil rights. Martin Luther King Jr was an advocate of equality, and recognized as a civil rights leader.

Upcoming Dates & Where They Are Celebrated

Martin Luther King Day is celebrated on the third Monday of January. Here are the upcoming dates:

  • Monday, January 16, 2017
  • Monday, January 15, 2018
  • Monday, January 21, 2019
  • Monday, January 20, 2020
  • Monday, January 18, 2021
  • Monday, January 17, 2022
  • Monday, January 16, 2023
  • Monday, January 15, 2024
  • Monday, January 20, 2025

Where Is Martin Luther King Day Considered A Holiday?

Although it's a relatively new celebration, it's celebrated everywhere in the United States. There are some government buildings that are closed in observation. However, non-government buildings remain open for shopping needs. The schools are also open on Martin Luther King Day. They teach about the civil rights leader in celebration of his efforts. Transportation runs on the usual schedule as well. More and more businesses are closing down on Martin Luther King Day, so make sure your holiday planning includes checking local store hours.

Festivities & Events DuringMartin Luther King Day

There may be ceremonies and festivals in certain parts of the United States, but for the most part, there is no real celebration of the holiday. The best way to offer tribute to Martin Luther King Jr is by donating time to local community centers or participating in equal rights movements. It is also beneficial to teach any children you may have about Martin Luther King Jr.

A Brief History Of Martin Luther King Day

Martin Luther King Jr was an activist for equal rights. He wanted to end racial segregation. His famous “I Have A Dream” speech can still be seen everywhere. Shortly after his death, citizens petitioned to have his birthday become a holiday. Although the bill passed in 1983, it wasn't universally celebrated until 2000.