Today is Martin Luther King Jr Day, a Federal Holiday that was signed into law in 1986 by President Reagan. The day earmarked to honor the life of Dr. King is officially the third Monday in January, which falls on or near his actual birthday, January 15. This year, 2018, would have marked his 89th birthday.

Not all states were quick to recognize Dr. Martin Luther King Jr day as a Federal Holiday. For instance, from the time it was signed into law, until the time that the last state decided to recognize the holiday it was 13 years later, 1999 when Iowa became the last state to recognize the holiday.

Lots of kids appreciate the holiday on many levels, yes, they get a day off from school, but they also learn about the civil rights leader that was Dr. King and his legacy.

What other things are closed today?

  • Banks
  • Government Offices
  • Post Offices
  • Most Schools
  • Metro North is running on a Saturday schedule
  • Most trash companies will be picking up on a regular Monday schedule