Local Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events and Volunteer Opportunities

Whether you have Monday off or not, here's where to help carry MLK's dream forward in the Hudson Valley.


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In anticipation of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, we’ve gathered a list of local events where you can honor the civil rights leader and carry his dream for equality forward. Don’t have off from work? On the Saturday prior, you can join in on the service-oriented spirit and volunteer at multiple charities across the Valley.



Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Observance

What: A live-webcast morning event celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s vision of "humanity tied in a single garment of destiny." The day begins with a volunteer fair at 9 a.m., followed by the program itself at 10 a.m. Former New York Giants running back and Dancing With the Stars champion Rashad Jennings is the keynote speaker, while Tony Award-winning Broadway vocalist Lillias White is the special guest performer.

When: January 21, 9 a.m.

Where: Empire State Plaza Convention Center, 126 State St., Albany




On Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, children will learn about escaped slaves navigating by the stars on their journey to freedom.
Photo provided by Mid-Hudson Children's Museum


What: A family celebration that teaches little learners the importance of the annual occasion. Families can participate in the Freedom Bell Community Art Project, then go to StarLab Planetarium for a reading of Follow the Drinking Gourd by Jeanette Winter. 

When: January 21, 11 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Where: Mid-Hudson Children's Museum, 75 N Water St, Poughkeepsie



Martin Luther King Jr. Weekend Fireworks

What: A celebratory fireworks display on Windham Mountain.  

When: January 19, 8 p.m.

Where: Windham Mountain Resort, 19 Resort Dr., Windham



MLK Day Family Celebration

What: Storyteller Carolyn Evans charms an audience with her reenactment of Underground railroad “conductor” Harriet Tubman. John Grady accompanies her on the drums.

When: January 21; 10:30 a.m.

Where: Desmond-Fish Library, 472 Rte. 403, Garrison



Click here for a list of Westchester events from our sister site, Westchester Magazine.

Related: What Martin Luther King's Legacy Looks Like in Today's World

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