Looking for something meaningful to do for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, while still trying to make the most of the holiday? With a limited number of three-day weekends in 2016, take advantage of this one by paying homage to the memory of Dr. King in some great American cities.
- San Francisco: The Northern California Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Foundation hosts a full weekend of events to honor the life and legacy of Dr. King. From a parade to live music to a film festival, all events are family-friendly, free to the public and a true celebration of community.
- Chicago: It may be cold outside, but there are plenty of great indoor activities in the Windy City. Our favorite is The Chicago History Museum, which hosts great family-friendly events complete with a themed production and musical performance by the Chicago Chamber Choir, along with storytelling and crafts.
- Boston: Celebrate all weekend long by surrounding yourself with art, culture and community at the Museum of Fine Art, the Boston Public Garden or one of the city’s amazing libraries. And on Monday morning, don’t miss out on the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial Breakfast, the nation’s longest-running event dedicated to his memory, featuring civic leaders, live music and food.
- Indianapolis: Downtown Indianapolis offers something for everyone. The Indianapolis Museum of Art, the Children’s Museum and Indianapolis Zoo all offer unique celebrations for those of all ages. The city is also home to amazing food, and since it’s a bit off the beaten path, there are great deals to be found on hotels this time of year.
- Atlanta: Get free entry when you visit the National Parks in Atlanta, including Chattahoochee River National Recreation Area, in honor of Dr. King. Or, if museums are more your style, the Atlanta History Center has free admission for the day, which includes Margaret Mitchell House where Gone With the Wind was written.