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5 ways to commemorate Martin Luther King Day in DC

Visit the Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial

Located in downtown Washington, D.C., the memorial honors Martin Luther King, Jr.'s legacy and the struggle for freedom, equality, and justice. The National Park Service will host a wreath-laying service on January 15 from 8-9 a.m. in observance of the birthday-anniversary for Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Participate in the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Peace Walk

The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Peace Walk is held annually on the federal MLK holiday. The Peace Walk is coordinated by the Coalition for Peace, a group of individuals and non-profits dedicated to peace and positivity for the Washington DC metropolitan communities.

Over a thousand ‘Peace Walkers’ join annually in the two-mile walk along MLK Ave in Southeast DC. Notable previous year attendees include Nick Cannon, Mayor Muriel Bowser, former Mayor and Current Ward 7 Councilmember Vincent Gray, radio personality Donnie Simpson, music virtuoso Blake Miles Hopkins, and the late civil rights legend Dick Gregory who spoke at the beginning and end of the 2014 Peace Walk. 2018’s Peace Walk will begin at 10 am on Monday, January 15 at 2500 MLK Ave SE and end at the Barry Farm Recreation Center.

Attend the 37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

The Parade will commence on January 15 at noon and will begin from Good Hope Road near the Anacostia Park entrance SE Washington, DC and continue along MLK Avenue to Barry Farm Recreation Center, on Sumner Road, where the MLK Holiday DC Health & Community Fair will be underway. Across the nation and the world, Dr. King’s life and legacy is commemorated by a day of service and promoted as A Day On and Not a Day Off. The Martin Luther King Jr. Parade symbolizes the need to continue Dr. King’s work and reinforces the idea reflected in his words.

Volunteer and participate in the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service

Serve DC commemorates the Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service each year by supporting and promoting service and civic engagement across the city. Serve DC connects residents with volunteer opportunities and community-based organizations with resources and volunteers and tracks the number and locations of volunteers and service projects citywide. Looking for volunteer opportunities? Click here.

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University present Let Freedom Ring! featuring Vanessa Williams

The Kennedy Center and Georgetown University celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the free, ticketed musical tribute Let Freedom Ring! The annual program, part of the free daily performance series on the Millennium Stage, features Grammy and Tony–nominated performer Vanessa Williams and the Let Freedom Ring Choir led by Music Director Rev. Nolan Williams Jr. Free tickets are required. The line for the ticket giveaway will form on Monday, January 15 in the Hall of Nations, at the glass doors leading to the Grand Foyer. Patrons must be in line to receive tickets. Tickets will be distributed, up to two (2) per person, beginning at 4:30 p.m.