Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Honor Dr. King on January 21, 2008
January 21, 2008 7:19:32 AM PST
Today is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. This national holiday was established in 1986 to recognize the achievements of Dr. King, one of the greatest civil rights leaders. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of Dr. King's birthday. There will be tributes to Dr. King across the city, and the country, for the slain Civil Rights leader.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a federal holiday and all public schools and government offices are closed.

Wall Street is shut down-- so are most banks.

There's express mail only.

Alternate side parking is suspended.

Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in New York

In New York City, there are several great ways to honor Dr. King on his birthday.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

In honor of Dr. King's achievements in bringing people together to address important community issues, thousands will gather on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day to participate in community service projects.

Events In New York City

A Communal Celebration In Honor Of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Join the Jewish Community Center for an uplifting evening of music, art, and discussion to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.'s vision for justice, peace and civil rights. Arrive early as this event is usually standing room only.

Symphony Space
2537 Broadway at 95th St., 646-505-4493
January 21, 2008 at 6:30 p.m.
FREE admission

Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival at the Children's Museum of Manhattan

Teach your children about Dr. King and his legacy with a visit to the Children's Museum for their Martin Luther King, Jr. Festival. The day's events include discussion of Dr. King's life and teachings, the creation of a large-scale "I Have a Dream" quilt, and a performance by the world-famous Harlem Gospel Choir.
Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 E. 83rd St. between Broadway and Amsterdam, 212-721-1234
January 21, 2008 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Museum admission is $9, free for museum members and children under one.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Walking Tour of Harlem NYC Discovery Walking Tours will mark the birth of Dr. King with a tour of Harlem that will include stops at the Apollo Theatre, Lenox Loung, and the site of the NYC assassination attempt.