Washington DC Accommodations for MLK Day
Every year the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. is celebrated with a federal holiday on the third Monday in January. There are festivities held across the country, with special events planned each year in Washington DC
. Throughout our nation's capital there are several ways to celebrate Martin Luther King and the impact he had on our society. In 2013, this holiday will be celebrated on January 21. Here are some of the top 10 MLK Day events in Washington DC.
1. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade
One of the best MLK Day events in Washington DC is easily the annual MLK, Jr. Parade. Join marching bands and local other entertainment in a festive celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr. In 2012, the parade kicked off at 11 a.m. on Martin Luther King Jr. Ave SE
2. Civil Rights Film Festival
Each year the Civil Rights Film Festival coincides with the celebration of Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. Screenings about the civil rights movement and the life of MLK Junior are shown at the Frederick Douglass National Historic Site
over several days surrounding the holiday.
3. Lincoln Memorial Celebration
Each year the Lincoln Memorial holds a special celebration on MLK Day. This is the location where Dr. King gave his famous"I Have a Dream" speech and each year it is read in its entirety to remind audiences of the power in Dr. King's words. A wreath is placed on the Memorial in commemoration.
4. Martin Luther King Memorial
While it is possible to visit the Martin Luther King Memorial throughout the year, there is a special atmosphere on MLK Day. Special events are planned in celebration. In 2012, the work of local schoolchildren was on display, featuring their hopes and dreams for the future. Book an accommodation in Capitol Hill
and you'll be close to this amazing site.
5. John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts
Each year, special concerts and events are planned at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts (near Dupont Circle
). In years past those events have included stage concerts, gospel choirs, and more. Check the official center website for the latest details on 2013 festivities.
6. Washington National Cathedral
Another venue for annual celebrations is the Washington National Cathedral by Woodley Park
. On this day of remembrance, activities include choirs, the spoken word, and more. This event gives all visitors the opportunity to contribute to local charities through donations of food or children's books.
7. Memorial Lunch Cruise
One of the more unique ways to celebrate MLK Day in Washington DC is to embark on a lunch cruise. Board the Odyssey
for a cruise that celebrates the work of Dr. King through music, entertainment, and live narration. This event is a good combination of fun and learning for families.
8. National Museum of American History Celebration
Another museum that plans an event each year is the National Museum of American History, near downtown
. Past years have seen activities such as roundtable discussions and readings of Dr. King's most important work. This event is a better fit for adults interested in history rather than families.
9. National Children's Museum Celebration
Many of the museums in Washington DC plan special events in celebration of MLK Day. Families looking for kids' entertainment should check out the National Children's Museum. In years past activities have included making dreamcatchers or writing Valentine's for Veterans, keeping in line with Dr. King's commitment to service. Book a vacation rental on the National Harbor
for easiest access.
10. Musical Tribute at Strathmore
Last, but definitely not the least of these MLK Day events in Washington DC, is an event hosted at the Strathmore, an arts venue located just outside of Washington DC in Bethesda, Maryland
. Each year they hold a tribute on MLK Day, featuring musical entertainment and the announcement of a variety of awards. Tickets are required in advance for this celebration.