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What's Happening (or Not) Today Due To MLK Jr. Day Holiday

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Today Americans honor the life and legacy of Civil Rights advocate and leader Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. On this legal holiday, many Californians have a day off work, though the credo has become "It's a day on," meaning a day to do good work, rather than rest. Today is a "Day of Service," so there are community projects going on all over Los Angeles, as well as celebrations and recreation activities in which to engage.Banks (with the exception of some located within other businesses), government offices, courts, most K-12 schools, and some colleges and universities will be closed today. Mail is not delivered today, and post offices are closed. Most retailers, however, are open. Metro is operating on their regular weekday schedule, as is Metrolink, who are also offering a 2-for-1 riding promotion.

The Department of Transportation does not enforce parking regulations on MLK Day unless the posted signs stipulate “Holiday Enforcement” or “Daily.” Not enforced today: Time limited parking (1hour, 2hour, 4hour, etc.), parking meters, "No Parking with specified time-spans (including street cleaning hours), "No Stopping" signs with specified days/time limits, and Preferential Parking (unless "holidays" are stipulated).

In Los Angeles, one of the largest MLK Day celebrations is the Kingdom Day Parade. The parade begins at 11 am at Martin Luther King Blvd and Western Ave, and travels west on Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd to Crenshaw Blvd, the south on Crenshaw Blvd to Vernon Ave, and concluding with a festival at Leimert Park.

For more MLK Day events, check out our guide: King for 3 Days: MLK Jr. Day Weekend Events Around Town