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Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2024 will be observed on Monday, January 15. The day is an official national holiday observed across the country, with most federal, state 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. You can also conduct your own search to see if there is something in your neighborhood.

Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Interfaith Memorial Service

Sunday, January 14, 2024, 4 p.m. The Northern Nevada Dr. MLK Jr. Memorial Committee in cooperation with the Nevada Interfaith Association, invites the community to the 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Memorial Service. The theme for this year is "Building our Community One Generation at a Time." Keynote speaker will be Tiffany Young. At the McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Dr. in Reno.

BioBlitz MLK Day of Service 2024 with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation

Monday, January 15, 2024, 9 a.m. to 12 noon. Sign up for the MLK BioBlitz 2024 taking place on the National Day of Service. TMPF's Day of Service will be dedicated to the Rosewood Nature Study Area where volunteers will be participating as citizen scientists, surveying and recording biological species (BioBlitzing), and picking up harmful debris and trash from the wetland. Snacks will be provided. Please register for this event.

36th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Gala

Monday, January 15, 2024. Hosted by the Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society (NNBCAS). Theme for this event is "A Dream for the World." Join in for either an in person and digital experience. This year's keynote speaker is Assemblywoman Angela Taylor. The dinner will be at the Nugget Resort Casino, 1100 Nugget Ave. in Sparks, from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets available online. No ticket sales at the door.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration 2024

Monday, January 15, 2024, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society is happy to partner with The Multicultural Center and Boys & Girls Club of Truckee Meadows for their Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration. Among other activities, the guest speaker will be UNR alumni and NFL veteran Brandon Marshall. At the Boys & Girls Club Carano Facility, 1090 Bresson Ave. in Reno.

26th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Caravan

Monday, January 15, 2024, 10:30 a.m. This year the caravan will meet at Greater New Hope Baptist Church, 1810 Helena Avenue in Reno.

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. Facilities involved include those administered by the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

(Image courtesy the National Archives.)

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