Martin Luther King Jr. Day is an official US holiday observed with parades, community events, and festivals to honor Martin Luther King, Jr. on "MLK Day", celebrated this year on Monday, January 16, 2023.
What's open, closed
Across the nation, banks are closed for the MLK Day along with the US Post Office and the Wall Street stock market. Public schools and libraries are also closed along with local businesses that observe the holiday.
Supermarkets, department stores and most other retailers remain open for the holiday inclluding a weekend of shopping winter clearances at 2023 MLK Day sales.
Traditionally, the day is marked by live readings of his famous speeches, and poetry and songs inspired by the man and the movement he led. Also be on alert for MLK Day neighborhood activities taking place in major cities in a day of service commemorating the life and work of the history-making civil rights leader.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Why we celebrate
Even in to the 21st century, the life of the Nobel Peace Prize winner and civil rights leader continues to inspire people around the world with his message of non-violence and equal rights for all.
Although he always promoted peacful protest, King was a central firebrand of the 20th century civil rights movement, beginning with the 1955 Montgomery bus boycott in Alabama.
More notably, he also helped organize the 1963 nonviolent protests in Birmingham, Alabama as well as the 1963 March on Washington, where he delivered his famous "I Have a Dream" speech:
"I still have a dream, a dream deeply rooted in the American dream – one day this nation will rise up and live up to its creed, "We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal." I have a dream..."
More Quotes for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
On education: "The function of education is to teach one to think intensively and to think critically. Intelligence plus character - that is the goal of true education."
On tolerance: "Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that."
On service to others: "Everybody can be great...because anybody can serve. You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart full of grace."
On perseverance: “If you can't fly, then run, if you can't run, then walk, if you can't walk, then crawl. But whatever you do, you have to keep moving forward."
On love: “I have decided to stick to love... Hate is too great a burden to bear.”
More about Martin Luther King Jr. Day around the Web:
Around the Web, learn more about the life of Martin Luther King, Jr. in quotes, biographies, famous speeches, poems, and kid's
activities to remember the day and to celebrate the man who captured the imagination of millions ....
The King Center - With inspiring calls to action for continuing his work, a history of MLK Day, information on current events and celebrations, plus theme graphics and clip art.
Capture the Dream - Courtesy of the National Parks Service featuring info and hours of official MLK historic sites including
the visitor center, his birth home, the Ebenezer Baptist Church and more together with special programs and recent news.