Martin Luther King Jr. Day in 2014 is today, January 20.
The day is a national holiday, meaning that most state and federal institutions aren’t open. Many schools are closed, but some have chosen to use the holiday as a makeup day after snow days earlier this year.
The Post Office and mail service–along with other government offices such as the DMV–are closed. Banks, including Wells Fargo, Chase, CitiBank, and and others, are closed as well.
There’s no mail delivery.
Walmart and Target, on the other hand, will be open.
Many corporate stores remain open on the holiday, but not all. Check local listings.
Some small businesses stay open, too. Check local listings.
When planning a trip on MLK Jr. Day, it’s best to check with the business or businesses that you are planning on visiting beforehand to make sure they are open.
Some have information on their websites while others will require a phone call.
Parades, marches and service projects to honor MLK
ATLANTA (AP) — The nation paused to remember Martin Luther King Jr. Monday with parades, marches and service projects.
King was born Jan. 15, 1929, and the federal holiday is the third Monday in January.
In Atlanta, a service was planned at Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King was pastor. In Memphis, Tenn., where King was assassinated, an audio recording of an interview with King would be played at the National Civil Rights Museum. The recording sheds new light on a phone call President John F. Kennedy made to King’s wife more than 50 years ago.
Historians generally agree Kennedy’s phone call to Coretta Scott King expressing concern over her husband’s arrest in October 1960 — and Robert Kennedy’s work behind the scenes to get Kingreleased — helped JFK win the White House.
In Ann Arbor, Mich., activist and entertainer Harry Belafonte planned to deliver the keynote address for the 28th annual Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. Symposium on Monday morning at the University of Michigan’s Hill Auditorium.