Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a celebration of the civil rights leader's contributions and the honor of his legacy.
The day is celebrated on the third Monday in January. This year it's January 18th.
King's birthday is January 15, 1929.
According to thekingcenter.org, the day should be celebrated with community service – "one day on, not a day off".
King received the Nobel Peace Prize in 1964 for his nonviolent campaign against racism.
He was murdered by James Earl Ray on April 4, 1968 in Memphis, Tennessee.
Below is an overview of what we saw in relation to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day closing on Monday, January 18th. Note that some of these places are closed to the public due to COVID-19, but the staff are working.
Banks: most of them are closed.
Capital Area Transit: Will operate regularly.
County Offices: Adams, Cumberland, Dauphin, Lancaster, Lebanon and York County Offices and Courts are closed. Perry County's offices and courts are open.
Federal Courts: The Ronald Reagan Federal Building and US Courthouse in Harrisburg are closed.
Libraries: The Dauphin County Library System is closed. The Hershey Public Library, the Cumberland County Library System, and the Middletown Public Library are open.
Liquor stores: Stores that normally open on Mondays are open regularly.
Local government: If you have local affairs to deal with, call first. Those closed for vacation include Carlisle, Hampden Twp., Harrisburg, Silver Spring Twp., Susquehanna Twp., Middletown, Camp Hill, and Lower Paxton Twp. Hummelstown is open.
PA Media Group: PennLive / Patriot-News offices are closed.
Parking in Harrisburg: Free.
PennDOT: Pa. Department of Transportation driver's license and photo license centers nationwide will be closed on January 16-18.
Mail: The U.S. Postal Service is closed. No mail will be delivered, except for Priority Mail Express. 24-hour self-service kiosks are available on-site in Mechanicsburg at 702 E. Simpson St. in Susquehanna Twp. at 1425 Crooked Hill Road and at Lower Paxton Twp. at 5901 Jonestown Road.
Public Schools: Most are closed to high school students including Camp Hill, Carlisle, Central Dauphin, Derry Twp., East Pennsboro, Greenwood, Halifax, Harrisburg, Lower Dauphin, Mechanicsburg, Millersburg, Newport, North York, Palmyra, Susquehanna Township, Susquenita , Upper Dauphin, West Perry and West Shore.
Rabbit transit: operated regularly.
Retail stores, supermarkets: open.
State government: closed
Garbage Collection: Most garbage transport companies do not honor the holiday and collect it on normal schedules. However, municipal collections can be affected.