January is a rough month for me. The winter blues hit hard and I’m left dreaming of fluffy white clouds, green grass and barbecues. Luckily, there is one day every year I can look forward to– Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Jr. Day). 2014 is no different.
Just soon enough after Christmas, it’s a chance to get some fresh air after getting back to the daily grind. MLK Jr. Day commemorates Dr. King’s birthday. This year it’s January 20, and I’ve already got the date circled and bolded on my calendar.
I read a biography about Dr. King several years ago, and have always been struck by how kind and generous he was to everyone he met. King had a loving spirit and a great way of leading and inspiring others to change their way of thinking. I often wonder what he would think of the progress we as Americans have made in the last 50 years in tolerance and civil rights.
Although, admittedly, there’s always room for improvement.
The Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial opened in 2011, and even if you don’t have time to participate in any celebrations, service or memorials the weekend of Jan. 18-21– I recommend stopping by the 30-foot solid granite memorial.
If you’ve got a bit more time, here’s a look at what’s going on around the District.
2014 MLK Jr. Day Events in DC
- MLK Jr. Memorial Wreathlaying Service– January 20, 8-9 a.m.
- MLK Jr. Day Kids Tour – January 18 – 20, 2014. 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. More Information: Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial
- 2014 MLK Jr. Day of Service– January 20. Find opportunities to serve at Serve DC or United We Serve. I’ve also found great opportunities for service by checking with my local school, church, community center and shelter. I love the idea of a nation working together to help each other out. It commemorates Dr. King and his mission so perfectly
- Martin Luther King Jr. Parade– January 20, 11 a.m. Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue SE and Milwaukee Place SE, Washington DC
More DC Winter Fun
- Head south to Historic Jamestowne, and see America’s first permanent European settlement. I love Jamestowne in the winter!
- Make a weekend out of Jamestowne and check out my favorite Revolutionary War battlefield– Yorktown
- Get crafty with your toddlers- homemade Valentine cards even they can pull off
- Plan a DC date night for Valentines Day
- Meet Bao Bao at the National Zoo– if you’re a FONZ member you have a chance to see the panda cub Jan. 11-17