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When is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, signed into law by President Ronald Reagan in 1983, is observed on the 3rd Monday of January and is a US federal holiday honoring and celebrating the life and the dream of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
(Dr. King's actual birthday is January 15)

(We have made every effort to assure that the dates below are correct)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2011
Monday January 17, 2011 (Observed)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2012
Monday January 16, 2012 (Observed)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2013
Monday January 21, 2013 (Observed)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2014
Monday January 20, 2014 (Observed)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2015
Monday January 19, 2015 (Observed)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2016
Monday January 18, 2016 (Observed)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2017
Monday January 16, 2017 (Observed)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2018
Monday January 15, 2018 (Actual / Observed)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2019
Monday January 21, 2019 (Observed)

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day 2020
Monday January 20, 2020 (Observed)

*We have made every effort to assure that the dates are correct. Please notify us if they are not.

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sabrina from Hawaii, US
15:43 05/18/2011
i love martin luther king he is so awsome
Eli and Becca from Missouri, US
15:22 01/18/2011
Dude u rok happy b day MLKj
Lance from Minnesota, US
12:29 01/11/2011
In South Dakota they call MLK day, Indian Day, just FYI.....
Eric from Pennsylvania, US
09:31 12/22/2010
Not that I am really care about Martin Luther King day, (given the choice I would rather have president's day off). Martin Luther King's birthday is on the 15, if Martin Luther King day was on the second Monday it would average 4 days early, on the third Monday it averages 3 days Late and actually has the potential to hit. Robert E Lee's birthday being on the 19th makes the second Monday average 1 day early. FYI changing the day of the week doesn't change the average early/late it only has to do with which week a given date falls in.
Ron Haste from Maryland, US
16:24 01/11/2010
The South has pulled a fast one. They are celebrating Robert E. Lee's birthday by celebrating the third Monday. Robert E. Lee's birthday is January 19 th. Reluctant to celbrate a Black holiday,they have lobbied to move it to the third week. even when the 14th was the Monday,it was celebrated the following week.
katie from California, US
17:04 01/06/2010
i love martin luther
Amani from Alaska, US
15:15 12/18/2009
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