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Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Long Island, NY

- Where to go to celebrate the holiday in Nassau and Suffolk


Each year on the third Monday in January, we celebrate the remarkable life of Martin Luther King, Jr. Read more about places to go and things to do on Long Island, NY to commemorate this great man's contributions to all of humankind. Please note that some of the events are on the actual holiday, and others are scheduled shortly after that date.

Note: this list is updated every year. Here are the events for MLK Day, Monday, January 20, 2014 (and some related events on other dates.)

If you know of other events that you think should be listed here, please send me an e-mail atlongisland@aboutguide.com. Thank you.

And don't forget to read about Black History Month Events on Long Island.

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - Lakeview Public Library

From 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Lakeview Public Library, 1120 Woodfield Road, Rockville Centre, NY, (516) 536-3071 Martin Luther King Jr.'s Dream Day. Discussion and craft for teens in grades 7 through 12. Registration required by calling Jennifer Dunlop at (516) 536-3071.

Monday, January 20, 2014 - National Day of Service

In 1994, Congress first designated Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, already a federal holiday, as a National Day of Service. People of all ages can honor Dr. King's legacy by volunteering in their community or by planning their own project. Please see the next listing for one of the Long Island-based events.

To find a volunteer project in your area, please visit www.mlkday.gov/serve/find.php and type in your city, state or zip code. The website also has information on how to start your own project.

Friday, January 17, 2014 - Freeport Library

At the Freeport Memorial Library, 144 West Merrick Road, Freeport, NY: Friday, January 20 at 3 p.m. see the film, King: Go Beyond the Dream to Discover the Man.  Forty years after the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr., newsman Tom Brokaw takes viewers through the extraordinary life and times of America's civil rights visionary. (2008). 94 minutes.

More info: contact the reference department at (516) 379-3274.

Monday, January 20, 2014 - Long Island Children's Museum

Dreaming with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at the Long Island Children's Museum. Bring your children ages 5 and up to this program, held at 11 a.m. (ends at 11:45 a.m.)  They'll explore the remarkable life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and draw inspiration from his legacy as they produce an artwork of peace. Fee: $3 with museum admission ($2 for Long Island Children's Museum members.)

Long Island Children's Museum
11 Davis Avenue
Garden City, NY
(516) 224-5800

Monday, January 20, 2014 - Long Beach MLK Center, Inc.

The Long Beach Martin Luther King Center Birthday Commemorative March starts promptly at 11:30 a.m. at the corner of Laurelton Boulevard and Park Avenue, Long Beach, NY.  Participants will gather at 11 a.m. for this Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration, Luncheon and Annual Fundraiser. For more info, please call the center at (516) 889-6300.

Monday, January 20, 2014 - Half Hollow Hills Community Library-Dix Hills

 Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration Half Hollow Hills Community Library - Dix Hills branch, 55 Vanderbilt Parkway, Dix Hills, NY. From 2 to 4 p.m. Program for adults in meeting room B. The Wheatley Heights MOther's Club will preent poetry, music and songs to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. The club is requesting donations of new sock to be given to the Gerald Ryan Outreach Center of Our Lady of Miraculous Medal Catholic Church in Wyandanch. Tickets are not required for this event.

Monday, January 20, 2014 - 21st Annual MLK Jr. Day Parade - Hempstead

 Starting at 9 a.m., this annual parade will take a new route this year. Beginning at Hempstead Town Hall parking lot on Front Street and Greenwich Street, it will continue on to Kennedy Memorial Park, 335 Greenwich Street. A brief ceremony will follow in the auditorium at 9:30 a.m.

Monday, January 20, 2014 - Memorial Breakfast - Hauppauge

From 8 a.m. to 10 a.m. (doors open at 7:30 a.m.), Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast at the Hyatt Regency Long Island, 1717 Motor Parkway, Hauppauge, NY, (631) 784-1234. $50 per person. The First Baptist Church of RIverhead hosts this memorial breakfast in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Keynote speaker: Rashad Robinson.  

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