It’s hard to imagine now, but after Martin Luther King Jr. was assassinated in 1968, it would be 18 years until the celebration of his birthday was observed as an official holiday.
Now, Washingtonians can choose from a long list of observances and opportunities to recognize the legacy of the slain civil rights leader. If you’d like to spend your day off celebrating his legacy or by giving back — or even if you just want to know if MARC trains are running — here’s our master list:
• MLK Day events. This list of events for the long weekend from Root D.C. compiles everything from a Sunday celebration with the architect of the Martin Luther King Jr. National Memorial to a Monday prayer breakfast. ( MORE )
• MLK Day closings and commuter information. On our list of practical information: Meter fees will not be enforced in D.C., Virginia, Montgomery and Prince George’s counties on the holiday. (MORE)