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What's Closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

We've got the short list of places that are closed for the celebration of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Do you know of other places that are closed? Add them in the comments!

Today is Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The following businesses are closed:

  • Municipal offices
  • All public schools
  • The Department of Motor Vehicles
  • State and federal courts
  • State offices
  • The post office
  • The Holiday's History

    Patch editor Rachel Stern shares some history on the holiday: 

    "Martin Luther King Jr. Day, now a U.S. holiday, took 15 years to create.

    Legislation was first proposed by Congressman John Conyers (D-Michigan) four days after King was assassinated in 1968.

    The bill was stalled, but Conyers, along with Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-New York), pushed for the holiday every legislative session until it was finally passed in 1983, following civil rights marches in Washington. 

    Then-president Ronald Reagan signed it into law. Yet it was not until 2000 that every U.S. state celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by its name. Before then, states like Utah referred to the holiday more broadly as Human Rights Day. 

    Now, the Corporation for National and Community Service has declared it an official U.S. Day of Service."

    If you have the day off and are looking forward to further honor Dr. King's memory, take advantage of the free admission to the Yale Peabody Museum until 4:30 p.m. today. The Citizens Bank Foundation is underwriting the day which will feature music and dance performances, educational activities and an invitational poetry slam drawing poets from around the country.

    Do you know of any local businesses that are closed during the holiday? Tell us in the comments!

    Alfred J. Biamonte January 21, 2013 at 11:58 AM
    Blackstone and Willoughby Wallace libraries are closed, in addition to the Canoe Brook Senior Center
    Corey Fyke (Editor) January 21, 2013 at 03:05 PM
    Thanks Alfred!

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