Dr. Martin Luther King Jr, Day celebrations and Day of Service events

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Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr Day is not a day off but instead a day on. Find a service project to volunteer with, participate in a community event, and reflect on the life and legacy of one of America’s greatest heroes.


1. City of Hollywood's Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration

The City of Hollywood celebrates the legacy of MLK with a day of face painters, games, bounce houses, and a concert at the Amphitheater featuring McArthur High School, South Broward High School, and Ike & Val Woods. Free and open to the community.

Saturday, January 14, 4PM – 8PM – ArtsPark at Young Circle, 1 North Young Cir, Hollywood

2. 36th Annual MLK Day Holiday Parade

The parade route starts on Homestead Ave to SW 184th St (Eureka Dr) then heads West to SW 107th Ave.

Saturday, January 14, 10AM – At Homestead Avenue and Banyan Street

3. MLK Day Battle of the Bands

Enjoy a showcase of local marching bands. Presented by the Children’s Trust.

Saturday, January 14, 1:30PM – Southridge Stadium, 11250 SW 192nd St, Miami

4. MLK Day of Service at Brownsville Middle School

The law firm of Hamilton, Miller & Birthisel, LLP is organizing a beautification and landscaping project at their adopted school of Brownsville Middle. All ages welcome. Register as a volunteer at tinyurl.com/BrownsvilleMLK or by emailing rsvp@hamiltonmillerlaw.com.

Saturday, January 14, 9AM – 1PM – Brownsville Middle School, 4899 NW 24th Ave, Miami

5. West Perrine MLK Commemorative Parade & Marching Band Extravaganza

The West Perrine community presents their annual parade featuring decorative floats, area businesses, and performances by the Grand Bahamas Junkanoo Band and The Royal Police Band. The parade starts at Banyan Street (SW 174th Street) and Homestead Avenue in West Perrine. The parade continues with a marching band featuring the sounds of some of South Florida’s finest high school marching bands with special guests featuring the acclaimed Florida A & M University Marching 100 Rattler Band and the Bethune Cookman University Marching Wildcat Band.

Saturday, January 14, 10AM – 3PM – Banyan Street (SW 174th Street)

6. HandsOn Miami MLK Day of Service at Holmes Elementary School

Volunteer in a beautification project at Holmes Elementary to establish three new raised bed gardens and expand a mural as part of the school’s outdoor classroom. Sign up at handsonmiami.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0Co000000EteQJ

Saturday, January 14, 9AM – 12PM – Holmes Elementary, 1175 NW 67th St, Miami

7. City of Miami Gardens presents Martin Luther King: Celebrating the Dream

The City of Miami Gardens remembers Dr. King with a day of economic empowerment, social action, and education with a presentation by kevin Powell and featuring a lineup of kidpreneurs, include Zoe Terry of Zoe’s Dolls, Moziah Bridges of Mo’s Bows, Jada Porter of Porter’s Pastries, and a performance by The Taylor Girls. The event includes spoken word, a panel discussion, musical performances, and a journey through history as the Miami Gardens MLK Smithsonian. Free and open to the community.

Sunday, January 15, 4PM – 7PM – Betty T. Ferguson Center, 3000 NW 199th St, Miami Gardens

8. 40th Annual Martin Luther King, Jr Day Parade

The annual MLK Day parade featuring music from high school marching bands and a Caribbean Miami twist featuring Carnival dancers and music performances. The parade takes place along NW 54th St on a route from NW 12th Ave to NW 32nd Ave and ends with a celebration at Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Park at 6000 N.W. 32nd Ct.

Monday, January 16, 11AM – Parade route starts at NW 54th ST & 12th Ave

9. 5000 Role Models’ 24th Annual MLK Day Scholarship Breakfast

Congresswoman Frederica Wilson presents the annual MLK Day breakfast with community and business leaders to benefit the 5000 Role Models of Excellence Foundation. The Honorable John Lewis, member of the United States Congress and Civil Rights Leader is this year’s Keynote Speaker. Tickets are $75 and are tax deductible.

Monday, January 16, 8:30AM – 12PM – Jungle Island, 1111 Parrot Jungle Trail, Miami

10. HandsOn Miami MLK Day of Service at Lincoln Memorial Park

Volunteer for a cleaning and beautification project at Lincoln Memorial Park, which is one of the state’s most important African-American cemeteries serving as the resting place for some of Miami’s most notable figures. Volunteers will collect trash and debris, remove weeds, and trim back overgrown brush. Sign up to volunteer at handsonmiami.org/HOC__Volunteer_Opportunity_Details_Page?id=a0Co000000EteQE

Monday, January 16, 8:30AM – 12PM – Lincoln Memorial Park, 3001 NW 46th St, Miami

11. Branches South Miami 4th Annual SoMi Lights MLK Day of Service

Volunteers are need to help revitalize two homes in the area to include painting, landscaping in the children’s playground, and building a butterfly garden. Breakfast, lunch and t-shirts will be provided. For info, visit branchesfl.org/mlk-day

Monday, January 16, 8AM – 2PM – Mt Olive Baptist Church, 6316 SW 59th PL, South Miami

12. MLK at The Frost Museum

FIU hosts an opening reception for “MLK @ The Frost” with an exhibit from photographer Edward West featuring the lives of South Africans during the period of societal transformation. The exhibit runs until Mar. 30 and admission is free.

Thursday, January 19, 6PM – 8PM – The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, 10975 SW 17th St, Miami