CHELMSFORD, MA — Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on Monday, Jan. 20 this year, and a variety of services will be closed in town on the day.
King’s birthday is Jan. 15, but the federal holiday celebrating the civil rights leader is observed on the third Monday of January each year.
The history of the MLK holiday in America is a complicated one.
Almost immediately after King’s assassination in 1968, activists began pushing for a holiday celebrating his Jan. 15 birthday. However, the official national holiday wasn’t signed into law until 1983 by President Ronald Reagan.
The first federal MLK Day was observed on the third Monday of January in 1986, but many states held out. Arizona didn’t recognize the day until 1992, when the state lost its rights to host the Super Bowl after voters in Arizona failed to make the day a paid holiday.
Here’s a breakdown of how the holiday could impact your routine.
- Town Offices: Closed
- Public Schools: Closed
- Public Libraries: .
- Post Offices: Closed, No Mail Delivery
- UPS: Regular service
- FedEx: Regular service
- State Courts: Closed
- While most MBTA subway lines will operate on a Saturday schedule, the commuter rail is running on a regular schedule. Holiday MBTA Service Schedules
Trash and recycling:
- Delayed by one day.
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