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January 9 Celebrate at These Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events Around DC on January 21

Monday, January 21 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Around the DC area, you’ll find a variety of events to commemorate the life and legacy of this American icon. Here are just a few great ideas for how to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. 

  • Visit the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial. The day will begin with a wreath laying service at 8 a.m. For the remainder of the day, National Park Service Rangers will be at the memorial site to discuss the civil rights movement and answer questions. 
  • Participate in the MLK Day of Service. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is recognized as a national day of community service. Give back by joining one of the over 1,300 planned community service events, or create your own service event.
  • Join the Peace Walk and Parade. Take part in the annual Peace Walk that begins at 10 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue and Milwaukee Place. You can also walk in or simply watch the performers and civil rights organizations of the Anacostia Parade. 
  • Attend the “Let Freedom Ring” Concert.  This year’s free annual concert features Audra McDonald and Brian Stokes Mitchell, and takes place at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts. Get your tickets the day of the show at 4:30 p.m. in front of the Concert Hall.