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Martin Luther King, Jr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in 2023 will be observed on Monday, January 16. The day is an official national holiday observed across the country, with most federal, state and local government offices closed for the day. Some private businesses close as well at their own discretion.

The holiday occurs on the third Monday in January as an observation of the civil rights leader's birthday, which was on January 15. The law setting the holiday was signed by President Ronald Reagan in 1983.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Concurrent with this holiday is the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service. On this day, citizens are encouraged to engage in volunteer volunteer service in honor of Dr. King. The federal legislation was signed into law by President Bill Clinton in 1994. In Reno, there are numerous opportunities for volunteer service. You can see if something is of interest in the Reno listings of volunteer organization All for Good. You can also conduct your own search to see if there is something in your neighborhood.

MLK Day of Service Bio Blitz 2023 with Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation

Monday, January 16, 2023, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sign up for the MLK BioBlitz 2023 taking place on the National Day of Service. TMPF's Day of Service will be dedicated to the Rosewood Nature Study Area where volunteers will be participating as citizen scientists, surveying and recording biological species (BioBlitzing), and picking up harmful debris and trash from the wetland. Food will be provided. Please register for this event.

Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Interfaith Memorial Service

Sunday, January 15, 2023, 5 p.m. The Northern Nevada Dr. MLK Jr. Memorial Committee in cooperation with the Nevada Interfaith Association, invites the community to the 37th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Interfaith Memorial Service. TThe event will honor Dr. Bayo Curry Winchell for her medical and COVID work within the community, Sean Savoy for his work while serving as the commissioner/chair of the Reno Human Rights Commission, and Black Wall Street for their work in providing social resources and services within the community. The theme for this year is "Our Voice, Our Power." At the McKinley Arts & Culture Center, 925 Riverside Dr. in Reno.

35th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Gala

Monday, January 16, 2023. Hosted by the Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society (NNBCAS). Theme for this event is "Dare to Dream." Join in for either an in person and digital experience. This year features the Black Business Excellence Award. The dinner will be at the Nugget Resort Casino, 1100 Nugget Ave. in Sparks, from 5 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Tickets available online. Five community members will provide small keynotes throughout the evening

25th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Memorial Caravan

Monday, January 16, 2023, 11 a.m. Staging starts at 10:30 a.m. The caravan will be on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Highway (I-580 / US 395). Meet at Bethel AME Church, 2655 Rock Blvd. in Sparks. For more information, call (775) 303-1057 or (775) 846-2952.

Free Admission Days on Public Lands

Admission fees will be waived at many public lands facilities administered by the federal government on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Other fees, such as for overnight camping and cabin rentals, will still apply. Facilities involved include those administered by the National Park Service, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), U.S. Forest Service (USFS) and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).

(Image courtesy the National Archives.)

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