What’s open, what’s closed?
Monday, Jan. 15, 2018, is Martin Luther King Day, a federal holiday commemorating the life and achievements of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr., who was assassinated on April 4, 1968.
The day has also become a time when people in communities throughout the country participate in service events in their neighborhoods.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed legislation designating every third Monday in January as Martin Luther King Day — commonly abbreviated as MLK Day.
Because MLK Day is a national holiday, some institutions and businesses are closed on Monday. Here’s a closer look at what’s open and what’s closed.
Are stores and malls open on MLK Day?
All major retails stores, shopping malls, pharmacies and grocery stores should be open on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. However, make sure to check with your local stores before heading out.
Is mail delivered on MLK Day?
The U.S. Postal Service will not be delivering regular mail on MLK Day but will be delivering its Priority Mail Express. UPS and FedEx will be operating normal delivery service, despite the national holiday.
Will NJ Transit, PATH and SEPTA trains be in service?
NJ Transit trains will operate on a weekend/major holiday schedule. Customers should check NJ Transit’s website or its trip planner for further details. SEPTA will operate on a modified weekday schedule and PATH trains will operate on a Saturday schedule.
"You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t have to make your subject and your verb agree to serve…You only need a heart full of grace– a soul generated by love."
— Campus Compact NJ (@NJCampusCompact) January 8, 2018
What about banks and the stock market?
Banks and stock markets will be closed in observance of the holiday, and any transactions made on Monday will be posted the following day.
What about government offices and courts?
Government offices and courts will be closed in observance of the federal holiday.
Are schools open on MLK Day?
Schools also will be closed, including elementary schools, middle schools, high schools as well as colleges and universities statewide
Can I catch a movie or eat at a restaurant on MLK Day?
Yes, most movie theaters and restaurants should be open. Here are some movies that are currently playing, according to Fandango.com:
- Darkest Hour
- The Commuter
- Proud Mary
- Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle
Commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. Day in a National Park! All of our parks will be fee free and many will offer special events in honor of the national day of service https://t.co/BulqlQdHfx #MLKDay #FindYourPark #publicservice pic.twitter.com/0wISjdEFNQ
— NationalParkService (@NatlParkService) January 5, 2018
What are the MLK Day events being held in New Jersey?
The following is just some of the events taking place around the state on Monday in honor of MLK Day:
- Newark Museum’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day Community Celebration — Noon to 4 p.m.
- Reeves-Reed Arboretum’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service — 9 a.m. to noon
- Morris Museum’s Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration — Noon to 2 p.m.
- West Windsor MLK Day of Service — 9 a.m. to noon at the West Windsor Arts Center
- Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative event — 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the New Jersey State Museum Auditorium
- Rowan University’s 32nd annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast — begins at 9:30 a.m.
- The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s 14th annual MLK Day of Service — begins at 8 a.m.
When is the next federal holiday?
The next national holiday is President’s Day on Feb. 19.