What’s open and what’s closed on Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Minnesota
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Monday, Jan. 16 marks the federal holiday that honors the life and contributions of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
The civil rights leader was born on January 15, 1929. He would be 94 years old this year.
The federal holiday was established in 1986.
Below is a compilation of what is open and closed during the day of remembrance.
- Most government buildings are closed Monday in recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. This includes state and city offices, driver’s license centers, DMVs, libraries, post offices and courthouses.
- Mail will not be delivered or collected Monday by the US postal service, but package delivery companies such as FedEx and UPS are continuing service as normal.
- Public schools and universities will not hold classes Monday in recognition of the holiday.
- Banks are also closed nationwide, as well as the New York Stock Exchange.
- Meanwhile, national parks are offering admission free of charge on MLK day.
- Most retail stores are open with regularly scheduled hours. However, customers should check ahead of time by calling ahead or searching for information online.
- Minneapolis and St. Paul garbage collection will not be affected by the holiday.
- Metro Transit will follow regularly scheduled routes.
Other organizations are holding special events to recognize King’s impact on the American civil rights movement. Check out a list of some area events below.
- General Mills is holding a holiday breakfast at the Minneapolis Convention Center starting at 8 a.m.
- Former Minnesota Supreme Court Justice Judge Alan Page will speak at an event in Christ Chapel at 10 a.m.
- The Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic development (DEED) is holding an MLK day celebration at The Ordway in St. Paul at 10:30 a.m.
- A national day of healing event will be held in St. Louis Park at 7 p.m. in the Westwood Hills Nature Center
- The Minneapolis Park and Recreation Board will hold a celebration starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Recreation Center