Martin Luther King Day 2018
In 2018, Martin Luther King Day will be celebrated on Monday, the 15th of January. Martin Luther King Day is a Federal holiday always celebrated each year on the third Monday of January. This holiday celebrates both the life and achievements of civil rights leader, Martin Luther King Jr.
When Do We Celebrate Martin Luther King Day?
The date of Martin Luther King Day changes each year, but is always on the third Monday of the month of January. The third Monday was chosen, as it would always be the closest Monday to Martin Luther King Jr.’s birthday, January 15th.
Martin Luther King Day was enacted into the Uniform Monday Holiday Act in 1983, but was first observed as a national holiday in 1986. The Uniform Monday Holiday Act also includes holidays like Memorial Day and Veterans Day.
Unfortunately not all states celebrated this holiday at first, even though it was enacted on a Federal level. In 2000, every state in the country observed Martin Luther King Day for the first time.
Why Do We Celebrate Martin Luther King Day?
Martin Luther King Day is celebrated only in the U.S., although people from all over the world celebrate and honor Martin Luther King Jr. in their own ways. Many places hold tributes, memorials, and marches in his memory.
This holiday was created to remember the man who became the face of the civil rights movement. He led campaigns and movements to end racial segregation and for racial equality throughout the entire country. His words and actions inspired millions of people to fight for equality. Martin Luther King Day is celebrated to honor his memory and the things he did for his country.
For many years, people from all over the country have celebrated this holiday in different ways. Many cities hold marches and tribute events to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and to continue the fight he began. Others attend memorial services or special events, while schools are sure to center their lessons around Martin Luther King Jr. around that time.