Wednesday 24 May 2017
(Week 21)

Martin Luther King Day 2018, 2019 and further

View below the dates for (among others) Martin Luther King Day 2018 and Martin Luther King Day 2019.
You can also see on which day the holiday falls and how many days it is until this holiday.
DateHolidayDay
January 16, 2017 Martin Luther King Day 2017 Monday
January 15, 2018 Martin Luther King Day 2018 Monday
January 21, 2019 Martin Luther King Day 2019 Monday
January 20, 2020 Martin Luther King Day 2020 Monday
January 18, 2021 Martin Luther King Day 2021 Monday
January 17, 2022 Martin Luther King Day 2022 Monday
January 16, 2023 Martin Luther King Day 2023 Monday
January 15, 2024 Martin Luther King Day 2024 Monday
January 20, 2025 Martin Luther King Day 2025 Monday
January 19, 2026 Martin Luther King Day 2026 Monday
January 18, 2027 Martin Luther King Day 2027 Monday

Significance of Martin Luther King Day 2018 (Jr.)

Martin Luther King Day 2018 is an annual federal American holiday that celebrates the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. (January 15). It celebrates the life and achievements of this influential American civil rights leader.

History of Martin Luther King Day

The idea of Martin Luther King Day 2018 as a holiday was promoted soon after his assassination in 1968. After King's death, United States Democrat Representative, John Conyers and, United State Republican Senator, Edward Brooke introduced a bill in Congress to make King's birthday a national holiday.

The bill first came to a vote in the United States House of Representatives in 1979 and fell five votes short of the number needed. There were two main arguments mentioned by opponents, the first being that a paid holiday for federal employees would be too expensive and, secondly, that a holiday to honour the birth (of a private citizen who had never held public office) would be contrary to the longstanding tradition.

The effort received more publicity when, after a decade, shortly after the failure of a bill that was introduced by Representative John Conyers. In September of 1979, Stevie Wonder released a song called "Happy Birthday". That was meant to make a case for the holiday, calling out anyone who didn't support the idea. Additionally, Six million signatures were collected for a petition to Congress to pass the law. In 1981, President Ronald Reagan came into office and originally opposed the holiday.

Additionally, Senators, of North Carolina Republicans, Jesse Helms and John Porter East opposed the holiday and questioned whether King was important enough to receive such an honour and criticized King's opposition to the Vietnam War.

On November 2, 1983, Reagan signed a bill, proposed by Representative Katie Hall of Indiana, to create a federal holiday honouring King. The bill passed the House of Representatives and was observed for the first time on January 20, 1986. Initially, some states resisted observing the holiday only in the year 2000 was it officially observed in all 50 states for the first time.

Traditions of Martin Luther King Day 2018

Martin Luther King Day is a relatively new federal holiday and there are few long standing traditions. Its traditions are rooted in the idea of promoting equal rights for all Americans, regardless of their background.

Some schools celebrate the day by teaching their pupils or students about the work of Martin Luther King and the struggle against racial segregation and racism. In recent years it is encouraged that Americans to give some of their time on this day as volunteers in citizen action groups.

When is Martin Luther King 2018

Martin Luther King 2018 is a federal holiday and falls on the third Monday of January (around his birthday on January 15). The date of the Holiday changes each year but always remains on a Monday; consult the above table for exact dates.
See besides 'Martin Luther King Day' even more holidays, click on one of the links below.

View or download the 2017 calendar.

See also the 2017 Calendar.