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California Dreaming on Martin Luther King Jr. Day

Published on: January 11, 2018


Fantastic weather fulfills the winter promise of 75 degrees and sunshine at Southern California beaches for Martin Luther King, Jr. national holiday. That’s California dreaming at its best!

Martin Luther King, Jr. had a dream. In 1963 he presented his famous “Dream” speech to “dramatize a shameful condition” at the March on the Nation’s Capitol. King was assassinated five years later at the age 39.

50 years after his tragic death a fitting tribute to California dreaming is the Martin Luther King, Jr. holiday which  falls on the third Monday in January. In 2018 it lands on his date of birth, January 15.

Whether you opt for some rest and relaxation at the beach, mountain resorts, desert oasis, or take advantage of FREE national parks admission, you can also celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr.’s legacy with community days of service, parades and events to honor the DREAM.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Events

  • CALIFORNIA: National Parks Free Day Jan.15, 2018
  • CLOVIS: Community Breakfast
  • FRESNO: MLK March
  • INGLEWOOD: King Fest
  • LANCASTER: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
  • LONG BEACH: Peace & Unity Celebration and Parade, NAACP Interfaith and Intercultural Celebration
  • LOS ANGELES: Kingdom Day Parade, Inter City Youth Orchestra Concert
  • OAKLAND: MLK Teach In, In the Name of Love Concert
  • RIVERSIDE: MLK Walk-a-thon
  • SACRAMENTO: Capitol March for the Dream
  • SAN DIEGO: Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade, MLK Day at World Beat Center
  • SAN FRANCISCO: MLK Day Festival, Celebration and free admission at Museum of the African Diaspora
  • SAN MATEO: MLK Celebration





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