Holiday Happenings: Celebrate MLK Day at these Events

MLK Day will be observed on Monday, Jan. 16. Each year, we set aside the third Monday in January to honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As Georgians, we have a special connection to the civil rights leader, who lived and preached in Atlanta. Here in Savannah, we have a few commemorative events happening that will help you remember King’s activism and accomplishments. Join the community in celebrating the revered reverend at these events:

MLK Parade

For the first time since covid, the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Parade is returning to the streets of Savannah. The parade will take place on Jan. 16 at 10 a.m. beginning at the intersection of East Broad St. and Liberty St. This year’s grand marshals will be State Representative Carl Gilliard and former president of the MLK Observance Day Association, Carolyn Blackshear. Hundreds are expected to participate in the parade, so it’s sure to be a great time to engage with the local community while celebrating King’s important contributions. Click here for the parade route. 

Tybee MLK Celebration

Tybee MLK is celebrating their 10th anniversary this MLK Day with a small parade and program starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 14 at the Tybee Post Theater. The festivities will kick off with the parade, and retired Judge Leroy Burke III will be this year’s grand marshal. After the parade, attendees can enjoy a special commemorative program featuring musicians, dancers, drummers and guest speakers. 

Mighty Eighth MLK Jr. Day Camp

On Monday, Jan. 16, the Mighty Eighth Air Force Museum is hosting a Martin Luther King, Jr. Day camp from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. for children ages 6-12. The camp will include a pizza lunch and plenty of fun, engaging and informative activities. Registration is required. 

MLK 5k/10k

Local running store, Howe 2 Run is hosting their annual MLK 5k/10k race on Jan. 16 at 7:30 a.m. at 11 Gateway Blvd. Registration is required and includes a shirt, medal and photos. Proceeds will benefit Blessing in a Bookbag. There will be vendors, music and hot fish and grits served afterwards. It’s a great way to warm up before the parade.