Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Reno

Events and Celebrations for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Northern Nevada

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2015 will be celebrated on Monday, January 19. Legislation establishing the holiday became law in 1983 and it was first observed in 1986. For a variety of reasons, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day wasn't officially observed in all 50 states until 2000. This year marks the 51st anniversary of the civil rights March on Washington in 1964.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Interfaith Memorial Service at Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Reno

The public is invited to this annual Martin Luther King, Jr.

Community Interfaith Memorial Service on Sunday, January 18 at 3 p.m., presented by the Northern Nevada Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Committee and the Nevada Clergy Association. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada is at 780 Del Monte Lane in Reno. For more information, call (775) 851-7100.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Caravan

On Monday, January 19, meet at the Reno Second Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m. for the annual memorial caravan along U.S. 395 / I580, in honor of naming the route after Martin Luther King, Jr. The Second Baptist Church is at 1265 Montello Street in Reno. For more information, call (775) 786-1017.

27th Annual Dr. Martin Luther Kings, Jr. Dinner Celebration

The public is invited to this celebration dinner on Monday, January 19, hosted by the Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society (NNBCAS). The keynote speaker will be Judge Glenda Hatchett, author and national television personality.

The dinner will be in the Rose Ballroom at John Ascuaga's Nugget, 1100 Nugget Avenue in Sparks. There will be a cocktail reception starting at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. The tickets are $65 per person. To buy tickets by phone and for more information, call NNBCAS at (775) 329-8990 or purchase tickets online.

Tickets are also available at these locations...

  • UNR International Center, 821 North Center Street in Reno. (775) 784-7515.
  • Ensoul Hair Gallery, 855 East 4th Street #F in Reno. (775) 337-1181.

Awards for the Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest will be presented during the Annual MLK Birthday Banquet Celebration. Those interested in entering can call George Hardaway at (775) 626-0322.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Volunteer opportunities with various groups and organizations will be available for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service, which is an offshoot of the original holiday honoring Dr. King. There are numerous places you can volunteer around Reno - the listings are compiled and maintained by volunteer service organization allforgood.org.

Some of the organizations seeking volunteers include The Discovery Museum, Ridge House, Washoe County School District, United Way of Northern Nevada, Nevada Aging and Disability Services Division, Girl Scouts, and more.

Reno Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Schedule

All city offices will be closed. Most, but not all, recreation facilities will be closed.
  • Rosewood Lakes Golf Course: closed for the season.
  • Northeast Community Center & Pool: closed
  • Teglia's Paradise Park Activity Center: closed
  • Neil Road Recreation Center: closed
  • McKinley Arts & Culture Center: closed
  • Sibayan R.E.C.: closed

Sparks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Closures

All city offices will be closed. Sparks Parks & Recreation facilities will be closed, including the Alf Sorensen Community Center and the Larry D. Johnson Community Center.

Free Days in our National Parks

All units of the National Park Service are offering free admission during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday on Monday January 19, 2015. There are several national parks units within a day's drive of Reno, including Yosemite National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Death Valley National Park, Pt. Reyes National Seashore (it's whale watching time) and other units in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks.

Because of the possibility of winter weather in the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountains, Death Valley and the Bay Area are probably your best bets for January visits.

Here are the free admission days at the national parks during 2015...

  • January 19 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 14 to 16 - Presidents Day Weekend
  • April 18 and 19 - opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25 - National Park Service Birthday
  • September 26 - National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 - Veterans Day

Free Days on Public Lands

Here are the 2015 fee free days for the National System of Public Lands (BLM)...

  • January 19 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 14 to 16 - Presidents' Day weekend
  • September 26 - National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 - Veterans Day