Martin Luther King Jr. Day (Holiday)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a US federal holiday held on the third Monday of January to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. He was an African-American minister and civil rights leader who advocated for racial equality and the end of segregation. He lived from January 15, 1929 – April 4, 1968. Public speeches, special exhibits, and parades may be held to celebrate the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.


Traditional Food

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Superstitions

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Customs

Honors: Public speeches, parades, and other celebrations may be held to honor the life and achievements of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Travel Tips

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday and 3-day weekend for most Americans. Please plan accordingly. Contact businesses directly to find out if they have any special holiday hours.

  • Holiday Travel:
    • While not as busy of a travel day you should still make reservations early
    • It is a 3-day extended weekend for most Americans
    • Airfare, car rentals, and lodging may charge premium holiday rates
    • Hotels and other accommodations may require a minimum length of stay
    • Expect traffic on Friday and Monday
  • Hours:
    • Non-essential government offices will be closed
    • Most businesses (including groceries and restaurants) will be open but may have limited hours
    • National parks may have limited hours
    • Public transportation may have limited hours
  • Road Closures:
    • Roads may be closed ahead of time for parades and other celebrations; they remain closed for an extended period of time afterwards for cleanup 
  • Free Street Parking:
    • On-street parking meters are generally free on federal holidays and federally observed holidays (see meter or street sign)
    • On-street parking meters are generally free on Sundays (see meter or street sign)

Event Location

Event Timing

  • Date:January 16, 2023