Martin Luther King Jr. Day Events and Volunteer Opportunities Across HV

Whether you have Monday off or not, here's where you can help carry MLK's dream forward


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In anticipation of Monday’s MLK Day holiday, 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? This Saturday, 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 televised morning event celebrating Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings through music and messages of hope. The program will be followed by the annual "Beloved Community March" and later, a wreath-laying ceremony at the Lincoln Park King Memorial. Can’t make it? Watch the live webcast, or tune into one of these local broadcast networks.

When: Jan. 16; 8:30 a.m.

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



Beacon Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade

What: A singing parade and civil rights march will begin outside of Springfield Baptist Church, following a free community breakfast at 8 a.m. and an opening ceremony at 9:30 a.m.  

When: Jan. 16; Parade begins at 10 a.m.

Where: Springfield Baptist Church, 8 Mattie Cooper Sq., Beacon


Follow the Drinking Gourd Reading

What: Wondering what to do with the kids on their day off? The Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum will be open, offering two special readings of “Follow the Drinking Gourd” by Jeannette Winter. The educational story tells the tale of slaves along their journey to freedom, using the constellations to guide them though the Underground Railroad.

When: Jan. 16; Two sessions: 1 p.m., 3 p.m.

Where: Mid-Hudson Children’s Museum, 75 North Water St., Poughkeepsie



MLK Jr. Day of Giving

What: Bard College students will lead an afternoon of charity, honoring the legacy and spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Program participants will engage in crafts, such as making toys for local animal shelters, writing letters, and constructing compliment flyers.

When: Jan. 14; 1 p.m.

Where: Red Hook Library, 7444 S. Broadway, Red Hook



MLK Day Family Celebration

What: Poet and storyteller Gha’il Rhodes Benjamin will lead the library’s annual celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy. All welcome.

When: Jan. 16; 10:30 a.m.

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



"Save the Planet" Unity Celebration

 What: Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. with a free afternoon showcase of song, dance, and sermons from nearly a dozen performers and speakers. Children (Pre-K to 8th Grade) can take part in the “Save the Planet Poster Contest,” by bringing a drawing or written expression of their dream for humanity.

When: Jan. 16; 3 p.m.

Where: Ramapo High School, 400 Viola Rd., Spring Valley


Nyack NAACP Annual Interfaith Service

What: Hosts Reverend Willie L. Hairston and Nyack NAACP president Dr. Frances Pratt will help keep Martin Luther King Jr.’s dream alive in a community service filled with prayer and song.

When: Jan. 16; 2 p.m.

Where: Pilgrim Baptist Church, 80 N. Franklin St.



Woodstock's Annual Martin Luther King Birthday Tribute

What: In traditional Woodstock style, the event will feature musical performances from local entertainers including, Journey Blue Heaven & The Woodstockers, kazoo queen Miss G “Abbe Sue Graber,” and Folk artist Debra Burger.

When: Jan. 15; 2 p.m.

Where: Mescal Hornbeck Community Center, 56 Rock City Rd., Woodstock



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

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