Monday June 24, 2019

Martin Luther King Day 2023

Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at rally in Washington DC.Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at the Lincoln Memorial in Washington DC to very large crowd. Photo by: Time

Martin Luther King Day for the year 2023 is celebrated/ observed on Monday, January 16th.

Martin Luther King Day also called MLK Day, King Day, and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Day is observed on the third Monday of January, which is close to King's actual birthday on January 15. The earliest Monday the holiday will ever be celebrated is January 15th and the latest is January 21st. The day is a federal United States holiday with all government and most business offices closed.

Martin Luther King, Jr was a Baptist minister and social activist that had a huge impact on the civil rights movement of the 1950’s in the United States. King was assassinated in 1968 and will be remembered for his non-violent protests against segregation and his “I have a Dream [1]” speech.[2]

In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed MLK Day into law and 3 years later it was first observed. By the year 2000, all fifty states officially observed the day. Another related holiday back in 1948, National Freedom Day was signed into law by President Truman as a national observance recognizing the outlaw of slavery enacted earlier during 1865 under President Lincoln during the civil war years.

Days to Martin Luther King Jr Day

Monday, January 16th is day number 16 of the 2023 calendar year with 3 years, 6 months, 23 days until Martin Luther King Day 2023.

More information on Martin Luther King Day. (Traditions, Customs and History)

Further Reading:
More on Wikipedia Martin Luther King Jr. Day
The King Center King Center

1."I have a Dream" - National Archives,
2."Biography Martin Luther King" -

Martin Luther King Day
Name(s):Martin Luther King Day, MLK Day, King Day, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Day Jr.
Type:Federal Holiday
When:Third Monday in January annually

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Jan 6 - FriEpiphany 2023Christian1292
Jan 7 - SatOrthodox Christmas Day 2023Orthodox1293
Jan 14 - SatOrthodox New Year 2023Orthodox1300
Jan 14 - SatMakar Sankranti 2023Hindu1300
Jan 16 - MonMartin Luther King Day 2023Federal Holiday1302
Jan 22 - SunChinese New Year 2023Observance1308

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