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Celebrate Martin Luther King’s Day In D.C.

Martin Luther King Day is one of the most important U.S. holidays, celebrated every third Monday in January. As you would expect, the biggest and the most important celebrations of the day are held in Washington D.C. and 2015 will be no different.

Here are some of the events that you will be able to visit this Martin Luther King Day’s, which in 2015 falls on January 19.

National Park Service hosts the event of wreath laying at the Martin Luther King Memorial between 8-9 a.m.

You can also join any number of community service organizations that serve various DC communities or you can create an event on your own to try and make a difference, thus honoring Dr. King in the best way possible.

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade will be taking place at Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE and Milwaukee Place SE, Washington DC at 11 a.m. The peace walk/Anacostia parade will include the famous Ballou Marching Band, as well as representatives from area’s African American, Bolivian, Asian and Jamaican communities.

At the Washington National Cathedral, you will be able to attend the celebration of the life and legacy of Dr. King, presented through poetry and music performed by DC’s arts community.

At the John F. Kennedy Center for Performing Arts, you will be able to see a musical celebration organized by the Center and Georgetown University. The event will feature the Let Freedom Ring Choir and special guests, including the nine-time Grammy winner Natalie Cole.

At the Lincoln Memorial, at 12 p.m., the students of DC’s Watkins Elementary School will be reciting Dr. King’s most famous, “I Have a Dream” speech.



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