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Martin Luther King Day is Monday, January 15, 2024. This federal holiday celebrates the civil rights leader’s life and achievements. It is also a day when many organizations encourage citizens to volunteer in community services activities, for example: Points of Light and AmeriCorps.

The date of this holiday varies each year but is designated for the third Monday of January, so that it is close to Dr. Kings’ actual birthday on January 15. This year the holiday falls on Dr. Kings’ actual birthday. The holiday was first observed on January 20, 1986. By the year 2000 all 50 states had made it a state holiday also.