What’s Open, What’s Closed on Martin Luther King Day 2019 in Lexington? What celebrations for MLK Day are there around Lexington?


Most area retailers and groceries in Lexington will operate on a regular schedule on MLK Day, January 21, 2019. All 24 hour Lexington Krogers will be open on MLK Day, and Kroger Pharmacy will operate on regular hours (each location varies). All 24 hour Walmarts will be open.

Most (but not all) local Lexington banks will be closed for the MLK holiday. Please call specific locations for holiday hours.

black and white image of martin luther king, jr. looking at the cameraNo school on Monday, January 21, 2019. The University of Kentucky considers this day an academic holiday and Fayette County Schools will be closed in observance of MLK Day.

All U.S. Post Offices will be closed for MLK Day, January 21, 2019. There will be no mail delivery or pickup for the holiday.

All Lexington Public Libraries are closed for MLK Day.

Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government offices, as well as the Lexington Recycling Center, the city’s Electronic Recycling Center and the Haley Pike Waste Management facility will be closed on the holiday. Info, contact LexCall at 311 or (859) 425-2255.

LexTran buses are operating on a regular schedule on Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Lexington’s Division of Waste Management will adjust its collection schedule for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. Residents and businesses whose regular collection day is on Monday will receive their collection service on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Residents and businesses who normally receive Monday pick-ups should place their Herbies, Rosies and Lenny carts out after 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22, to assure collection the next day. Businesses with dumpsters (landfill-bound and recycling) normally serviced by the city on Mondays will have their units picked up on Tuesday, Jan. 22. Businesses with dumpsters normally serviced on Tuesdays will have their units picked up on Wednesday, Jan. 23. Thursday and Friday pick-ups will not be impacted.


MLK Day at a Glance – January 21, 2019

Alpha Beta Lambda is having their Unity Breakfast at 6:30 am at the Lexington Convention Center. The purpose of this breakfast is to commemorate the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his ideals for peace and unity.

After the Unity Breakfast, the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday Celebration starts with the Freedom March that is put on by the University of Kentucky and Lexington-Fayette Urban County Government at 10 am. March participants should line up beginning at 9 am inside the corridor of downtown Lexington Center, Heritage Hall on West Main Street.

Then at 11 am, the Holiday Celebration Commemorative program martin: daniel beaty in a magenta topwill begin in Heritage Hall. Actor, poet, singer, composer, and author Daniel Beaty is the keynote speaker for this celebration. Mr. Beaty is a graduate from Yale University and the American Conservatory Theater. He has received numerous awards for his original plays and created a nationally recognized social justice initiative.

The musical group Zeb Harrison and the Sounds of Praise are also performing during the program. After the celebration, The Kentucky Theater is showing the movie Loving at 2:30 pm, courtesy of One World Films. For more information on how to participate in the Freedom March, click here.


What events are happening to celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2019?

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Looking for something to do with the kids while they’re out of school? Adrenaline Trampoline Park, located in Hamburg off Sir Barton, will be open on MLK Day.

Carnegie Center for Literacy & Learning is hosting a lunch at 12:30 pm until 2:30 pm, followed by a series of themed workshops, poetry, music, and activism for elementary and middle-schoolers. Families will also have an opportunity to engage in a service-learning project.

When school is out, fun is in at the Living Arts & Science Center. Students pre-school to high-school can enjoy classes that spark their imagination in a fun, inspiring environment with first-class instruction. Full day and half day schedules available with AM and PM extended hours for convenience.

The Lyric and Message Theater is showing the movie The Mountaintop. A fictional depiction of the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s last night on earth set entirely in Room 306 of the Lorraine Motel on the eve of his assassination in 1968. Doors open at 5 pm and show starts at 6 pm.



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