Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in New York

Honor Dr. King on January 21, 2013

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday, January 21, 2013 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.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is observed on the third Monday of January each year, around the time of Dr. King's birthday on January 15th. It is a federal holiday and all public schools, post offices, and government buildings will be closed.

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

  • Artists Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.
    • Honor the life and work of Dr Martin Luther King with a free celebratory night of music featuring the powerful work of artists whose vision coincides with King's voice for justice, peace and civil rights.
    • Peter Jay Sharp Theatre at Symphony Space
    • 2537 Broadway at 95th St., 646-505-4493
    • Monday, January 21, 2013 at 6:30 p.m.
    • FREE admission
  • Make a Difference Pledge at the Children's Museum of Manhattan
    • Teach your children about Dr. King's legacy and the role children can play in making a difference during a visit to the Children's Museum. Your child can make a pledge to make a difference in your neighborhood or community, add to the I Have a Dream mural, and hear the Harlem Gospel Choir perform.
    • Children's Museum of Manhattan, 212 W. 83rd St. between Broadway and Amsterdam, 212-721-1234
    • Monday, January 21, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    • Museum admission is $11, 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 Lounge (where Billie Holiday performed), and the site of the NYC assassination attempt.
    • NYC Discovery Walking Tours -- Martin Luther King Weekend in Harlem
    • January 19-21, 2013 at 12:45 and 2:30 p.m.
    • Cost is $20 per person, call 212-465-3331 to make reservations and find out the meeting place.
  • A Communal Celebration In Honor Of Martin Luther King, Jr.
    • Join the Jewish Community Center for a day of community service in honor of Dr. King. New Yorkers of all ages can team up on volunteer projects, give blood, or donate warm coats for kids.
    • Jewish Community Center
    • 334 Amsterdam Avenue at West 76th Street
    • January 16, 2012, all day.
    • FREE admission
    • Call 646-505-5708 for more information
  • Free Admission to All National Parks
    • All 397 national parks across the country will offer free admission from January 19 through 21 to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Did you know that there are 10 National Parks with 22 unique destinations in New York City and northern New Jersey? Visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, the African Burial Ground National Monument, Castle Clinton, or Theodore Roosevelt's birthplace on East 20th Street.
    • All U.S. National Parks
    • January 19-21, 2013, all day.
    • FREE admission
    • Call 212-668-5180 for more information
  • New York University's Annual MLK Celebration Week
    • New York University is hosting an entire week of events in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. The week's schedule includes lectures, exhibits, film screenings, community service initiatives, and more.
    • New York University 2013 MLK Celebration Week
    • February 4-9, 2013
    • Most events are free and open to the public. See the NYU calendar for more details.
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Brooklyn -- Check out MLK Day events in Brooklyn.