Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Martin Luther King, Jr. National Historical Park in Georgia

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In honor of the Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr., National Park Service sites will waive entrance fees for everyone on Monday, January 17, 2022, as the first fee free day of the year. Commemorated on the third Monday of January every year, it is also a day of service when hundreds of volunteers participate in service projects at parks across the country.

Find volunteer opportunities inspired by a day of service or attend a ranger program to learn more about the history of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the pursuit of civil rights in America.

If heading to a national park, please remember to recreate responsibly and check the park's website for hours of operations and other trip planning information.

Day of Service

MLK Day of Service is a defining moment in volunteerism, as Americans across the country step up to make communities more equitable and take action to build the Beloved Community of Dr. King’s dream. While Dr. King believed this community was possible, he acknowledged and fought for systemic change. His example is our call to action.

This is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service to encourage all Americans to volunteer to improve their communities. Many national parks traditionally host a variety of service projects that people can sign up for as volunteers.

Find volunteer opportunities inspired by this day of service or look for a volunteer event.

In Dr. King's Footsteps

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Set the calendar to January to find in-person and virtual programs about Dr. King's life and service projects at national parks around the country. Remember to check ahead for trip planning information and to recreate responsibly for a safe visit.

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Last updated: December 28, 2021