Washington Celebrates Martin Luther King in January

December 15, 2012 by  

An annual celebration is held in Washington, D.C. in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. His birthday is recognized as a federal holiday every year on the third Monday each January. The 2013 holiday will be celebrated on January 21.

Washington hosts the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. parade complete with marching bands, festive entertainment and beautiful floats. The parade takes place on Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and begins at 11:00 a.m.

Another popular event is the Civil Rights Film Festival, with civil rights movement screenings along with the life of Martin Luther King Jr. This event takes place at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site.

The famous Lincoln Memorial is where Dr. King gave his “I Have a Dream” speech, and it is read each year to audiences as a powerful reminder of Dr. King’s vision. In commemoration, a wreath is always placed on the Memorial.

Special events take place at the Martin Luther King Memorial including school children participation, displays and exhibits, and presentations.

A fun and different way to celebrate the day is to enjoy a memorial lunch cruise aboard the Odyssey ship. Live narration, music and entertainment are included with the lunch and cruise. This is a family-friendly event and children of all ages are welcome.

Each year a musical event is held at the Strathmore arts venue accompanied by an awards ceremony. Attendance at this event requires advance ticket purchase.

Local print shops stay active in providing print services for major events such as this one. Banner, flyer and poster printing is common for the promotion of all of the activities.