Monday January 15 is Martin Luther King Day. It falls on the 3rd Monday in January each year and is a federal holiday. The holiday celebrates the life and achievements of Martin Luther King Jr, an African American civil rights leader. MLK Day was signed into law in 1983 by President Ronald Reagan 1986 it was first observed. Some states refused to acknowledge the holiday for many years. It was not until 2000 that all fifty states in the United States celebrated Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday.
MLK Day is a day to celebrate the promotion of equality regardless of race or color. Also this new federal holiday has a few long standing traditions. Its traditions are rooted in the idea of promoting equal rights for all Americans, regardless of their background. Over the years it is encouraged that Americans to give some of their time on this day as volunteers in citizen action groups.
Other things that go on MLK Day is free admission to everyone in all US national parks. Also Atlanta will be having 11 events to honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. Motown Museum offers free admission to kids on MLK Day.