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Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2017 will be observed on Monday, January 16. The day is an official national holiday observed across the country, with most federal and local government offices closed for the day. Some private businesses close as well at their own discretion.

The holiday occurs on the third Monday in January as an observation of the civil rights leader's birthday, which was on January 15. The law setting the holiday was signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Concurrent with this holiday is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. On this day, citizens are encouraged to engage in volunteer volunteer service in honor of Dr. King. The federal legislation was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994. In Reno, there are numerous opportunities for volunteer service. You can see if something is of interest in the Reno listings of volunteer organization All for Good.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Memorial Service and Memorial Caravan

This annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Interfaith Memorial Service at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Northern Nevada, on Sunday, January 15, 2017, at 3 p.m., is open to the public. It is presented by the Northern Nevada Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Committee and the Nevada Clergy Association. The Unitarian Universalist Fellowship is at 780 Del Monte Lane in Reno. For more information, call (775) 851-7100.

The annual memorial caravan along U.S. 395 / I580, in honor of naming the route after Martin Luther King, Jr., will be on Monday, January 16, 2017. Meet at the Second Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m. The address is 1265 Montello Street in Reno.

29th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Dinner Celebration

This celebration dinner will be at the Atlantis Resort and Casino and is open to the public. It will be on on Monday, January 16, 2017, hosted by the Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society (NNBCAS). Cocktail hour starts at 5:30 p.m., dinner and program begin at 7 p.m. The guest speaker will be Punam Mathur, Executive Director of the Elaine P. Wynn & Family Foundation and a speaker, trainer, and writer from Las Vegas.

Individual tickets are $65. Other sponsorships are available. Tickets can be purchased online, from EnSoul Hair Gallery at 455 E. 4th Street #F in Reno, and from the Northern Nevada International Center at 821 N. Center Street in Reno. For more information, call (775)329-8990.

MLK Day Bioblitz

Monday, January 16, 2017. As part of the National MLK Day of Service, Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation (TMPF) will be hosting a bioblitz in Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park from 9 a.m. to 12 noon. The Day of Service Bioblitz is free and open to volunteers of all ages. We will be cataloging all living things in the park as part of a annual phenology project, to garner a better understanding of the plants, animals, and other wildlife and how their populations are changing. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Park is located on the corner of Coretta Way and Kennedy Drive in Reno. (775) 453-0566.

Free Admission Days on Public Lands

Admission fees will be waived at many public lands facilities administered by the federal government on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Other fees, such as for overnight camping and cabin rentals, will still apply.

At our National Parks, these entrance fee-free days will be observed in 2017...

Site-specific standard amenity and individual day-use fees at Bureau of Land Management (BLM) recreation sites and areas will be waived on the following dates in 2017.

Many facilities operated by the U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) have no entrance fees at any time. For those that do, the following days will be fee-free in 2017.

  • January 16: Martin Luther King Jr. Day - USFS, USFWS
  • February 18-20: Presidents Day Weekend, USFS, USFWS
  • June 10: National Get Outdoors Day - USFS
  • September 30: National Public Lands Day - USFS, USFWS
  • October 8: National Wildlife Refuge Day - USFWS
  • November 11-12: Veterans Day weekend - USFS, USFWS

(Image courtesy the National Archives.)

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