MLK Day Events in New Jersey – Make it a Day On, Not a Day Off
The chief spokesperson for the civil rights movement is memorialized annually on the third Monday of January. This floating holiday has evolved into just more than a day off from school. Now deemed as a National Day of Service, Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day encourages volunteers across the country to donate their time to make a difference. This day reminds us of hope, compassion and the ongoing potential of social change.
Many New Jersey towns are hosting local activities. Our list includes MLK celebrations, along with service activities. Make sure to visit your municipal and/or library calendars for additional events. For more information on the life and work of Dr. King, please visit The King Center.
Jersey Cares 2014 Day of Service (various New Jersey locations)
Jersey Cares carries a mission to “be the change.” On Monday, January 20, this organization has more than 50 volunteer opportunities in all areas of the garden state. All events will run from 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. From sorting donated clothing items to painting murals, individuals and families can find activities that will pass on the spirit of MLK Jr.
Volunteers, ages 4+, are welcome to participate at select sites. Some sites have different age limits, please check before registering. Volunteers under the age of 18 must have a youth waiver signed by their parent or guardian in order to participate. Please call (973)424-1091 with questions considering a volunteer opportunity.
The Newark Museum Family Day (Newark, NJ)
Visit the Newark Museum on Monday, January 20 between 12:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. to celebrate the freedom and community, while learning about the life and legacy of Dr. King. During the day, the museum will host activities for all ages, including film screenings, performances and hands-on art and science programs. For more information, please call (973) 596-6550.
Imagine That! Craft Weekend (Florham Park, NJ)
Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. with craft activities on either Saturday, January 18 and Sunday, January 19 at Imagine That! in Florham Park. From 10am until 5:30pm, your little one can create a personalized picture that answers “What’s Your Dream?” Admission fees are $9.95 for a child and $7.95 for an adult. There is no charge for infants under one year. For more information, please call (973) 966-8000.
New Jersey Performing Arts Center Celebrates MLK Jr. (Newark, NJ)
On Friday, January 17, NJPAC will host its annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration. The 2014 event pays tribute to the life and legacy of one of the 20th century’s most inspiring leaders with a performance by Dance Theatre of Harlem, the legendary ballet company founded in 1969.
For ticket information and additional details, please visit the NJPAC website.
Explore the Dream through Art at Express Yourself Studios (Maplewood, NJ)
Children ages 4-12 are invited to the annual Celebrate Dr. King: Explore the Dream through Art workshop on Monday, January 20. From 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., attendees will learn about Dr. King and the civil rights movement by exploring peace, equality and friendship in art. The workshop is $20 per child, all materials are included.
Please note, all participants are asked to bring a canned or boxed food item to be donated to the Wallace Chapel Food Pantry Summit, NJ).
Fanwood and Scotch Plains host Day On, Not a Day Off (various locations)
On Monday, January 20, the neighboring towns of Fanwood and Scotch Plains will host its Annual Martin Luther King Day of Service. Providing new and exciting volunteer opportunities to the entire family, this day will host more than 40 non-profit organizations from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. From the Fanwood Nature Center trail clean-up to delivery Mobile Meals, this event has something for everyone.
Please note, children under the age of 16 must be accompanied by an adult at all MLK Day activities. If you have any questions, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Martin Luther King Day of Service 2013 at Rutgers University (Camden, NJ)
From 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. on Monday, January 20, the Rutgers-Camden campus will be hosting volunteer activities to celebrate the legacy of the man that reminds us “Everybody can be great, because everybody can serve”! The Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service at Rutgers-Camden has several volunteer options, but only a selection is kid-friendly. For more information, please call the Office of Civic Engagement.
Martin Luther King Jr. Day at the Morris Museum (Morristown, NJ)
Stop by the Morris Museum between 12:00pm and 2:00pm on Monday, January 20 for a meaningful, yet fun art activity to mark this special holiday. Children of all ages are invited to make symbolic peace doves and tour the museum, including a showcase on MLK.
For more information, please email email@example.com. All workshops are $2 a child for members and $3 child per day, plus Museum admission ($10-$7), for non- members.
The Diocese of Trenton’s Martin Luther King Day of Service (Trenton, NJ)
The annual MLK Day of Service honors the example of service and sacrifice embodied by Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., on the occasion of his birthday that includes packaging bags of toiletries, school supplies and lunches for less fortunate individuals throughout the city of Trenton and also cleaning area outreach facilities.
For more information, please call (609) 403-7138.
Annual Princeton University Annual MLK Literary, Visual Arts and Video Contests (Princeton, NJ) Princeton University will commemorate the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. with its annual King Day celebration on Monday, January 20, in Richardson Auditorium of Alexander Hall. The event, which is free and open to the public, begins at 1:00 pm with musical performances followed by a presentation of visual, literary and video contest awards to student (grades 4 through 12) from area schools.
If you are looking for additional family volunteer opportunities, check out our Holiday Volunteering post!