The Arts Council of Princeton is giving away a limited-edition coloring book to celebrate the history of notable Black Princetonians to commemorate MLK Day. Photo courtesy of the Arts Council
The Arts Council of Princeton is giving away a limited-edition coloring book to celebrate the history of notable Black Princetonians to commemorate MLK Day. Photo courtesy of the Arts Council

How to Celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2021 With NJ Kids

Martin Luther King Jr., the chief spokesperson for the civil rights movement, is memorialized annually on the third Monday in January. This floating holiday has evolved into more than just a day off from school; it's now deemed a National Day of Service. MLK Day encourages volunteers across the country to donate their time to make a difference in their communities while honoring the civil rights icon. This day reminds us of hope, compassion, and the ongoing potential for social change.

While most volunteer opportunities are virtual or drop-off this year, there are still plenty of ways to support Martin Luther King Jr.'s mission throughout New Jersey. Unless otherwise noted, all events take place on Monday, January 18, 2021. 

Editor's note: While we are trying to promote safer activities that occur outdoors or with social distancing guidelines in place, please keep your family and others safe by always wearing a mask and practicing social distancing. If you arrive at an event that appears too crowded, try using the “nearby” search feature on our Event Calendar to find something else to do.


The Newark Museum of Art
49 Washington Street
Newark, NJ 07102

Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA
1340 Martine Ave.
Scotch Plains, NJ

West Windsor Arts Council
952 Alexander Road
West Windsor, NJ 08550

Arts Council of Princeton
102 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ 08542

Summit Area YMCA
67 Maple St.
Summit, NJ

Burlington County Library
5 Pioneer Boulevard
Westampton, NJ 08060

Reeves Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Avenue
Summit, NJ 07901
Oaks and Acorns: Raccoons
Reeves Reed Arboretum - 1:00 PM Pick
Martin Luther King Jr. Day Coloring Book Pickup
Arts Council of Princeton - 10:00 AM
Let It Snow
OC Parks Administrative Offices - 10:00 AM
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