Martin Luther King Day celebrations

martin luther kingAcross Arizona residents will take time to recognize and celebrate the birth, the life and the ideals of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.


Day of Service
Monday to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The event begins at 9 a.m. at Los Ranchitos Elementary School, 2054 E Ginter Rd. Volunteers will join forces with a number of other national service teams to participate in a cleanup and beautification project at the school. The event is part of Arizona Serve’s AmeriCorps VISTA (Volunteers in Service to America) program. Another event, the annual MLK March and Celebration, begins Monday at Santa Rita Park (401 E. 22nd St.) at 9 a.m. The MLK Festival follows at Armory Park (221 S. 6th Ave.), with activities from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Downtown Mesa

“Many Faces, One Community.” Martin Luther King Jr. Way and Center Street in Mesa. Free.
Monday, January 19 at 11 a.m.

•Community Festival
Mesa Arts Center
The Mesa MLK Festival begins immediately after the parade. Community celebration including music, dance. Free admission.
Monday, January 19

•MLK Basketball Classic
Wells Fargo Arena, ASU Tempe Campus
High school boys and girls teams compete.
Monday, January 19


•Dr. Martin Luther King MLK March and Festival
Assemble at 8:30 a.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, 1401 East Jefferson Street for the 9 a.m. march. Festival at 10 a.m. at Margaret T. Hance Deck Park. Free.
Monday, January 19

Arizona National Parks

•Free Admission to National Parks
All 397 national parks in the U.S. will offer free admission to commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day. Here is a map and list of Arizona’s National Parks.
Monday, January 19

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  1. The Annual Tucson MLK March typically has 100-300 marchers. The Tucson March for Life normally has 1400-2000 marchers.

    One gets journalistic coverage, the other does not.

  2. I agree Billy B. And now the minorities have more right’s than the White race that made this nation the great one it USED to be. I remember that just about every place he went the Black people rioted and looted. I cross the holiday for him off of my calendar and do not recognize the PAID holiday established for this troublemaker. I am sure that I will get the usual “your a racist BS” but my Black and Mexican friends say a lot worse things about the Black’s and Mexican’s, especially the criminal, illegal, alien, terrorist, combatant, invaders, than I do.

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