Sunday September 24, 2023

Martin Luther King Day 2026

Martin Luther King Jr. speaking at rally in Washington DC.
January 2026
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New Years
Thursday January 1
2 years, 3 months, 8 days
or 830 days


Tuesday January 6
2 years, 3 months, 13 days
or 835 days


Martin Luther King Day
Monday January 19
2 years, 3 months, 26 days
or 848 days


Martin Luther King Day for the year 2026 is celebrated/ observed on Monday, January 19th.

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 2026

Monday, January 19th is day number 19 of the 2026 calendar year with 2 years, 3 months, 26 days until Martin Luther King Day 2026.

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

Dates for Martin Luther King Day

HolidayDateDays to Go
Martin Luther King Day 2022 Monday, January 17, 2022 -615
Martin Luther King Day 2023 Monday, January 16, 2023 -251
Martin Luther King Day 2024 Monday, January 15, 2024 113
Martin Luther King Day 2025 Monday, January 20, 2025 484
Martin Luther King Day 2026 Monday, January 19, 2026 848
Martin Luther King Day 2027 Monday, January 18, 2027 1212