On the heels of returning to school from a long holiday break comes Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day—yet another holiday and another day off work and school for many (let freedom ring!). Instead of hanging at home or spending the day plugged in, remember the iconic civil rights leader by reflecting and serving. Scroll down for 12 ways to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. King in 2020.

photo: Library of Congress via Wikimedia Commons

1. “Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that.” NAAM invites our community to lead the way into the new decade with this powerful quote from Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join us for our annual King Day program and enjoy activities for families, various vendors, film screenings, musical performances, a powerful keynote speaker, and remarks from community leaders. Mon., Jan. 20. Event details

2. The City of Bellevue invites everyone to make this a DAY ON to help the forest of Wilburton Hill Park. To ensure the health of this forest for generations to come, we will plant hundreds of baby evergreen trees. Registration required. Mon., Jan. 20. Event details

3. Head to Pigeon Point Park for planting native trees and plants, and finishing the day with an engaging EcoArts activity. Live music and pizza will be provided. Mon., Jan. 20. Event details

photo: Seattle Municipal Archives via Flickr

4. Head to the 38th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. opportunity fair, workshops, march to City Hall and community meal. Mon. Jan. 20. Event details

5. Come together this MLK Day to honor our nation’s foremost human rights leader and our County’s namesake, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Join John A. Powell and King County Executive Dow Constantine for civil rights conversations, music, spoken word and a celebration of MLK Day. Thur., Jan. 16. Event details

6. Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day by helping grow the Greenway Tree Nursery by potting up over 1,000 native trees and shrubs together. Mon., Jan. 20. Event details

 photo: USACE HQ via Flickr 

7. Celebrates Dr. King’s role in the environmental justice movement by exploring one of our state’s three national parks for free.

8. If you can’t make it to a national park, enjoy a Washington state park for free. In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Discover Passes will not be required to visit.

9. Head to the Edmonds Center for the Arts to see performances by the Northside Step Team, Kaleidoscope Dance and many others. Mon., Jan. 20. Event details

photo: Golden Gate Parks National Conservancy

10. MLK Day of Service is intended to empower individuals, strengthen communities, bridge barriers, create solutions to social problems and move us closer to Dr. King’s vision of a “Beloved Community.”There are several location you can volunteer at including Point Defiance Park, Titlow Park and Center at Norpoint. Registration required. Mon., Jan. 20. Event details

11. The 32nd Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Celebration in Tacoma will once again bring the community together. The event will be televised if you are unable to attend.  Mon., Jan. 20. Event details

12. The Washington State History Museum offers free admission and a small panel exhibition detailing Dr. King’s visit to Washington State in the 1960s. Then, join other families in the auditorium at 2 p.m. when the Museum’s partners from Tacoma Arts Live will celebrate Dr. King’s legacy with a performance of Ruby Bridges. Mon., Jan. 20. Event details

—Kate Loweth

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