Martin Luther King Day in NYC guide

Celebrate Martin Luther King Day in NYC and use our guide to find the best MLK Day events and Harlem attractions

Martin Luther King Day Tribute at BAM
Photograph: Elena Olivo

Since it was first observed nationwide in January of 1986, Martin Luther King Day has served as a reminder to honor the doctor’s legacy to the causes of civil rights, nonviolent opposition and community service. If you plant to celebrate the man with a dream, NYC has plenty of events and attractions where you can do so. Along with becoming a volunteer in NYC, there are plenty of Martin Luther King Day events to check out. We also suggest taking the time to explore the epicenter of African-American culture—Harlem, New York. Visit one of the best Harlem restaurants when you go. And don't miss out on some of the other best things to do in January, along with other great things to do this winter.

When is Martin Luther King Day?

Martin Luther King Day is Monday, January 21, 2019.

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The best Martin Luther King Day events in NYC
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The best Martin Luther King Day events in NYC

Honor the civil-rights leader’s legacy with a slate of performances, talks and tours during these epic MLK Day events