MLK Day: What's Open, What's Closed and What's Going On

Martin Luther King Day is Monday, Jan. 20. Find out who has the day off and where all the activities are.

Martin Luther King Day is the national day of service. (mlkday.gov photo)
Martin Luther King Day is the national day of service. (mlkday.gov photo)
Martin Luther King day can be an exciting holiday in Washington, D.C. with its rich civil rights history.

And with a day off from school or your government job, you can take part in all the festivities. 

Here's what's closed, what's open and what's going on:

First thing's first, who has the day off?

District of Columbia government is closed.

Federal government is closed

D.C. Public Schools are closed

D.C. Public Libraries are closed. Visit one of these libraries to participate in decorating the "I Have A Dream Wall."

And where can you go?

Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial is open with rangers available to answer questions and provide interpretive programs from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m. The National Parks Service website provides directions to the site. 

National Day of Service honors Martin Luther King, Jr.'s mission of helping others. Search for volunteer opportunities in the District and beyond.  

The Kennedy Center, partnering with Georgetown University, will host a free celebration with performances from the 2014 "Let Freedom Ring" choir and grammy-winning Dionne Warwick. Here's ticket information for the event. 

Georgetown University is closed, but the campus will be open for celebrations, lectures, art exhibits and workshops. Community members are invited to attend several "academic, artistic and extracurricular programs that examine King's life and work." A full list of events is available on the university website. GU students will also participate in a day of service in Ward 7. 

George Washington University is closed but will also participate in a day of service with additional programming on the campus. 

American University is closed, but welcomes volunteers to participate in its day of service

Smithsonian Museums are all open

National Archives
 research facilities are closed but the exhibit is open.


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