Contribute and Celebrate this MLK Jr Day

Contribute and Celebrate this MLK Jr Day

Just a few short decades ago, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. had a dream that would change the course of American history. Each year on the third Monday of January, we celebrate his contributions in the best way possible: by giving back to the community and sharing his message. Looking for a way to learn more about Dr. King’s legacy and spend this much-anticipated federal holiday and day off from class? We’ve got you covered. Philadelphia is bursting at the seams with fun, fascinating, and informative events perfect for celebrating the father of the Civil Rights Movement, for little to no damage to your wallet.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service

Where?: National Constitution Center

When?: Jan. 18

How Much?: $5

What?: Enjoy a variety of activities, performances, and service opportunities for a small price as part of the Macy’s Family Days series. Don’t miss the chance to help with a book/school supply drive to benefit Philadelphia students. You can also sew pillows for Women Against Abuse, an organization that provides shelter, legal services, education and more to victims of domestic violence. Tune in for a singalong interactive musical performance, as well as a passionate reading of Dr. King’s “I Have a Dream” speech performed by a diverse group of students from local colleges.


Letter From Birmingham Jail Reading

Where?: Eastern State Penitentiary

When?: Jan. 16-18 at 11 a.m., 1:30 p.m., and 3:30 p.m.

How Much?: Free

What?: Perfect for history buffs, King’s 1963 letter will be read at various points throughout the day. After, hear about the letter’s relevance today and seize the opportunity to get your questions answered by a Civil Rights scholar.


Martin Luther King, Jr. Tribute Concert

Where?: Girard College, 2101 South College Avenue

When?: Jan. 18, 1:30 p.m.

How Much?: Free

What?: Music lovers, you’re in luck! The Philadelphia Orchestra is back for its 26th annual performance in honor of Dr. King, led by Yannick Nézet-Séguin. Hear the city’s world-famous orchestra for free, in addition to a number of other renowned musicians, including a choir from the city’s very own Philadelphia High School for Creative and Performing Arts.


Outdoor Cleanup in Germantown

Where?: Awbury Arboretum, Historic Fair Hill Burial Ground

When?: Jan. 18

How Much?: Free

What?: If you’re looking to learn more about Dr. King while getting some fresh air and “going green?” Look no further. Spend the day participating in an outdoor clean-up in Historic Germantown, followed by readings around a campfire with hot cocoa in hand.


Week-Long Celebration at the African American Museum in Philadelphia

Where?: African American Museum, 701 Arch Street

When?: Jan. 15-18

How Much?: $2 general admission

What?: On Jan. 15, young professionals can enjoy a free career mixer curated by entrepreneur Curran J of Kings Rule Together. From Jan. 16-18 for just $2, experience interactive activities, performances, and workshops while touring the museum’s core exhibit.