JACKSONVILLE, Fla. – Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Day) is a federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. on January 17.
Community members will be joining parades, breakfasts, events and more to celebrate King’s life and message of equality, opportunity and service to others.
News4JAX has compiled a county-by-county list of events happening on Monday.
11 a.m. Parade | The 41st annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade is scheduled for 11 a.m. Jan. 17 in Downtown Jacksonville. The parade is a partnership of The Law Offices of Ron Sholes and the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Foundation Inc. The event celebrates King’s life and message of equality, opportunity and service to others. This year’s 1.5-mile parade route is identical to that of the Veteran’s Day Parade.
The parade will feature floats, local marching bands, dance troupes and decorated vehicles representing businesses and organizations exhibiting a theme related to King’s message.
11 a.m. | Join the Cummer Museum for a day in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Admission is free and is sponsored by The Community Foundation for Northeast Florida’s Presidential Grants Program. The Cummer will offer several in-person activities at the museum. Click here for more details.
12 p.m. | Feeding Northeast Florida is hosting a free food distribution in partnership with Mt Ararat Baptist Church in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. the distribution will be held at 2503 Myrtle Ave N. at noon.
12 p.m. | A parade will take place at 516 S. 10th Street in Fernandina Beach. The parade begins at the Peck Center. This is a family-friendly event. Click here for more information.
“This is the annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade commemorates the birth of this American hero and honors the life of the civil rights leader who lead the non-violent movement for equality for all,” the website said.
Green Cove Springs
11 a.m. | Green Cove Springs Martin Luther King Jr. Day Ceremony is held on the third Monday in January in Vera Francis Hall Park. The ceremony features a Keynote Speaker from Green Cove Springs or Clay County, and is followed by a catered lunch. Click here to read more.
9 a.m. clean-up event | This MLK Day clean-up event in West Augustine is hosted by the student-led West Augustine Nature Society together alongside many other local organizations and businesses. It is from 9 - 11 a.m. on Jan. 17 and starts at the basketball court by The Webster School located at 420 N Orange Street, St. Augustine. Click here to check out last year’s event.
11:30 a.m. silent march | After the clean-up event, there will be a silent march downtown at 11:30 a.m.
11:30 a.m. | The 37th Annual Celebration of the National Holiday honoring Dr Martin Luther King, Jr. is to commemorate and promote awareness of the many contributions made to society by Dr King in the struggle for Civil Rights. This event is sold out.
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