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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Reno

Events and Celebrations for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in Northern Nevada

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2014 is celebrated on Monday, January 20. Legislation establishing the holiday became law in 1983 and it was first observed in 1986. For a variety of reasons, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day wasn't officially observed in all 50 states until 2000. This year marks the 50th anniversary of the civil rights March on Washington in 1964.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Interfaith Memorial Service at Second Baptist Church in Reno

The public is invited to this annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Interfaith Memorial Service on Sunday, January 19 at 3 p.m., presented by the Northern Nevada Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Committee and the Nevada Clergy Association. The Second Baptist Church is at 1265 Montello Street in Reno. For more information, call (775) 786-1800 or email gsavoyjr@communityofchrist.org.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Caravan

On Monday, January 20, meet at the Reno Second Baptist Church at 10:30 a.m. for a memorial caravan along U.S. 395 / I580, in honor of naming the route after Martin Luther King, Jr. The Second Baptist Church is at 1265 Montello Street in Reno. For more information, call (775) 786-1800 or email gsavoyjr@communityofchrist.org.

26th Annual Dr. Martin Luther Kings, Jr. Dinner Celebration

The public is invited to this celebration dinner on Monday, January 20, hosted by the Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society (NNBCAS). The keynote speaker will be Joe Madison, nationally syndicated radio talk show host.

The dinner will be at John Ascuaga's Nugget, 1100 Nugget Avenue in Sparks. There will be a cocktail reception starting at 6 p.m., followed by the dinner and program at 7 p.m. The tickets are $55 per person. To buy tickets by phone and for more information, call NNBCAS at (775) 329-8990 or purchase tickets online.

Tickets are also available at these locations...

  • UNR International Center, 821 North Center Street, Reno. (775) 784-7515.
  • Ensoul Hair Gallery, 855 East 4th Street, Reno. (775) 337-1181.

Awards for the 26th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Essay Contest will be presented during the Annual MLK Birthday Banquet Celebration. Those interested in entering can call George Hardaway at (775) 626-0322.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service with Urban Roots

Volunteers with Urban Roots will work with schools to accomplish a task in their garden. Volunteers will work to paint signage, build new raised beds, clean an area, build compost bins, among other tasks. This event will be on Saturday, January 18, 2014, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information and to sign up, visit "MLK Day of Service in the garden."

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service with American Red Cross of Northern Nevada

American Red Cross volunteers and members of the community, armed with fire safety tips, will canvass two different neighborhoods in Reno on January 20, 2014. The American Red Cross and volunteers will be working to spread the word on fire safety and prevention by providing life-saving materials to members of our community and their families. This material includes important fire prevention tips as well as information on how their family can be better prepared in the event of a disaster. For more information and to sign up, visit "MLK Day of Service."

Reno Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Schedule

All city offices will be closed. Most, but not all, recreation facilities will be closed.
  • Rink on the River: 10 a.m. to 10 p.m.
  • Northwest Pool: open regular hours.
  • Rosewood Lakes Golf Course: closed for the season.
  • Northeast Community Center & Pool: closed
  • Teglia's Paradise Park Activity Center: closed
  • Neil Road Recreation Center: closed
  • McKinley Arts & Culture Center: closed
  • Sibayan R.E.C.: closed

Sparks Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Closures

All city offices will be closed. Sparks Parks & Recreation facilities will be closed, including the Alf Sorensen Community Center and the Larry D. Johnson Community Center.

Free Days in our National Parks

All units of the National Park Service are offering free admission during the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday on Monday January 20, 2014. There are several national parks units within a day's drive of Reno, including Yosemite National Park, Lassen Volcanic National Park, Death Valley National Park, Pt. Reyes National Seashore (it's whale watching time) and other units in the San Francisco Bay Area, and Sequoia and Kings Canyon National Parks. Because of the possibility of winter weather in the Sierra Nevada and Cascade mountains, Death Valley and the Bay Area are probably your best bets for January visits.

Here are the free admission days at the national parks during 2014...

  • January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 15 to 17 - Presidents Day Weekend
  • April 19 to 20 - opening weekend of National Park Week
  • August 25 - National Park Service Birthday
  • September 27 - National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 - Veterans Day

Free Days on Public Lands

Here are the 2014 fee free days for the National System of Public Lands (BLM)...

  • January 20 - Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • February 15 to 17 - Presidents' Day weekend
  • September 27 - National Public Lands Day
  • November 11 - Veterans Day

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