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Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.
Birthday of Martin Luther King Jr.
King in 1964
Official name Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.
Also called MLK Day, King Day, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Observed by United States
Type Federal
Date Third Monday in January
2020 date January 20
2021 date January 18
2022 date January 17

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a US Federal Holiday. It commemorates civil rights activist Martin Luther King, Jr.'s birthday. It is celebrated on the third Monday in January and is one of only four United States Federal holidays to honor an individual person.

President Ronald Reagan signed a bill, proposed by Representative Katie Hall of Indiana, to create a federal holiday honoring King. The holiday was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986. It is observed on the third Monday of January.

Reagan signs Martin Luther King bill
Ronald Reagan and Coretta Scott King at the Martin Luther King Jr. Day signing ceremony.

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