How to Join Martin Luther King Day Events in Washington, DC

Where better to join in Martin Luther King Day events than in Washington, DC, the home of the spark of egalitarian thought and revolutionary behavior? Fortunately, the nation's capital is a fairly compact city with a good public transportation system allowing visitors easy access to events, museums and other attractions.

Things You'll Need

  • Water and snacks
  • Transportation to the Parade start location, Ballou High School on Fourth Street
  • Comfortable shoes
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  1. Take Part in the Parade

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      Contact Obverse, Inc., for your parade entry form. This event planning firm can be reached at 6925 Willow Street, NW, Suite 230, Washington DC 20012. The phone number is (202)291-0677.

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      Know that the parade begins at 1 p.m. and continues until 3 p.m. Although this is not nearly as long as some of the other Martin Luther King Day parades in other cities--the New York parade is five hours long!--it's still a considerable amount of time to be on your feet, so plan accordingly.

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      Assemble at Ballou High School on Fourth Street. Then the parade will proceed along Martin Luther King Avenue, past Malcolm X Avenue, along Good Hope Road and Minnesota Avenue to Orr Elementary School, the terminus of the parade route.

    Engage in other DC Events

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      See the National Gallery, the Smithsonian and the White House while in Washington, DC to make the most of your visit. In the spirit of freedom and Civil Rights, visit the Lincoln Memorial. In fact, impromptu peace walks leaving from the Lincoln Memorial take place most years and consist of small, informal groups walking several blocks through the capital city in simple homage to Dr. King.

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      Visit the original United States Constitution housed at the National Archives. Join other visitors in rereading the preamble that emphasizes the establishment of justice and the importance of securing the blessings of liberty. Join thousands of others across the nation at Martin Luther King Day events to remember the true meaning of equality and what it took to bring this concept into the American awareness.

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      Check the events calendar for the Washington, DC Martin Luther King, Jr. National Memorial located on 401 Street in the capital (see Resources below).

Tips & Warnings

  • Washington, DC is a city that hosts many events throughout the year so make plans for your accommodations early.

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