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What's Open/Closed on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?

Nation honors what would have been 84th birthday of slain civil rights leader.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Monday marks the nation's observance of Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday.
King’s actual birthday is Tuesday, Jan. 15 – he would have been 84 this year – but the official holiday is always celebrated on the third Monday of January. This year, that falls on Jan. 21.

The day is marked as a federal holiday. All federal employees and offices are closed. Banks are closed, as well as the stock market. All New York State Department of Motor Vehicle offices are closed.

It is also a postal holiday, which means there is no regular mail delivery/pickup or retail services on Jan. 21.

Long Beach City Hall and all City of Long Beach buildings will be closed, and garbage will not be picked up on Monday. 

The City will hold a march to celebrate MLK’s birthday on Monday starting at 11:30 a.m. at Laurelton Boulevard and West Park Avenue and will end at the Martin Luther King Jr. Center, at 615 Riverside Blvd.

Local schools and libraries are also closed Monday to mark the Martin Luther King Day holiday. 

The Long Island Rail Road will operate on a Holiday Schedule. There will be 37 extra eastbound and westbound trains, to and from Penn Station, added on various branches to accommodate holiday travelers. Off-peak fares will also be in effect all day.

Nassau County buildings and offices will be closed as well.

Hempstead Town Hall and senior centers are also closed in observance of the holiday. The Homeowner Disposal Area in Merrick will be closed. Garbage will not be picked up on Monday. The sanitation pick up schedule for normal Monday pick up will be Tuesday and Thursday instead.


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