Martin Luther King Day Activities & Notes
Monday is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Here are some news, updates and opportunities you might want to be aware of.
- The Seattle Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Celebration begins at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 17 with workshops, continues with a rally at 11 a.m. and march commencing at noon. The march starts at Garfield High and ends at the Federal Building downtown. More than 3,000 participants are expected. Details can be found here.
- The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday Celebration at Seattle Center offers awards and entertainment in honor of this inspirational leader, Saturday, January 15, 1 to 3 p.m. in Center House. Learn more here.
- If you are interested in volunteering in the community as a way to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., you can do so through the United Way. Right here in Queen Anne United Way is looking for volunteers to spend a few hours at Northwest Center Kids, located at 2919 1st Avenue West, helping to organize and beautify the school, which provides children between the ages of 6 weeks and 12 years with early intervention services, childcare/preschool, and before and after school programs. From Northwest Center Kids: “We have a resource room full of fun activities to categorize and sort through, an art closet to organize and potentially some indoor painting to freshen up our environment!”
- The Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Peace Award, a staged reading of Dr. King’s “Beyond Vietnam” speech and a Concert for Peace, 1 to 3 p.m. Saturday, January 15 at Seattle Center House, on the Seattle Center campus. All events are free, learn more at www.seattlecenter.com.
- Seattle garbage, food and yard waste and recycling collections will be on their normal schedule for the holiday.
- National park fees will be waived Saturday, Sunday and Monday.
- The Friends of the Burke Gilman Trail are hosting MLK Weekend at the Burke Gilman Trail. You can read more about it here.
- King County Metro Transit will be operating on a reduced weekday schedule on Monday, January 17 in observance of the holiday. The King County Water Taxi service routes to Vashon and West Seattle will not be operating. Check Metro’s holiday service schedule to see if your regular routes will be affected.
- Orca K-8 Elementary School is having a MLK Celebration March on Friday, January 14 at 1:10 p.m., beginning and ending at the school. Some 510 participants are expected. Details here.
- Teen March to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. beginning at noon on Saturday, January 15 at Martin Luther King, Jr. park, located at 2200 Martin Luther King, Jr. Way. At 1 p.m. participants will begin the march taking the route up Martin Luther King, Jr. Way to Jackson Street, to 23rd Ave, and ending at the Garfield Community Center at 2323 E Cherry Street.
- Looking for more ways to celebrate off the beaten path? The Seattle Times has a list of MLK Day celebrations happening all around the region this weekend. Check it out here.