Some of you will use January 19th as a day to stay home, relax, cuddle and more… Others will, unfortunately, have to go to work like on a usual weekday.

For the lucky ones who do not have to work and would like to observe the commemoration of the civil rights leader, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., here are a few ideas to enjoy with your date (or alone!)

Attend the parade

The Martin Luther King Parade will take place from 61st to 86th Avenue on 5th Avenue.

This will be a real delight: Touching tributes, fun parade floats, crowds full of life and energy…a great entertainment! Be prepared to be wowed by the dancing moves of local bands and drumlines. Enjoy!

Commemorative March: “Daring to Dream: A March of Hope”

For the 27th consecutive year, this legendary “Harlem” march is organized by Manhattan Country School students.  Be inspired by a crowd of activist students who dare to dream big!

Starts at 2351 Adam Clayton Powell, Jr. Blvd, between West 137th and West 138th St and ends at Manhattan Country School, 7 East 96th Street, between Fifth and Madison Ave. From 10am to 1pm.

Volunteering: Martin Luther King Day of Service

January 19th will be a perfect day to give back to your community! The government via the National Service Day initiative invites each and every citizen to volunteer and make a difference on that day and throughout the year. Check out the volunteering options on the National Service website (tutoring, mentoring, taking part in a Local food bank or a clothing drive etc.)

Check out volunteering opportunities going on throughout the city until January 24th:

Gospel Choir at BB King Blues Club & Grill

The Harlem Gospel Choir which members, singers and musicians, are actually from Harlem and the Tri-state area, will celebrate the historical figure in a special MLK matinee at the renowned Times Square B.B. King Blues Club.

Concert at the Brooklyn Academy of Music

All day Brooklyn will give a wonderful tribute to MLK. Discover different representations of musicians, dialogues and be informed by the keynote speaker Dr. Cornel West, who will also be signing his new book, The Radical King. Starts at 10.30 am.

“A Shared Dream” Tribute & Concert at Brooklyn College

Come and enjoy the performances of gospel formed of singers, bands and more artists at the Brooklyn Center for Performing Arts.

Bronx Commemorative Community Interfaith Service

In order to solemnize the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, be part of Community Interfaith Service with Bronx Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr.

Starts at 10am. At Trinity Baptist Church, 808 E. 224th St between Barnes and Bronxwood Ave, Bronx

MLK Day’s Basketball game

Since 1986, when this celebratory day was first created, Madison has been hosting a NBA game each year for the occasion.

The NBA will present a game played at the Madison Square Garden: NY Knicks vs New Orleans Pelicans Basketball. If you or your date are a basket-ball fan, don’t miss it!

Starts at 5:30pm.

Buy your ticket at a discounted price today:

Movie: Selma

Viewing Selma on this oh-so special day is the ultimate way to remember the regrettable and tumultuous story of the epic march from Selma to Montgomery, which eventually secured equal voting rights in the USA.

We have gone through the events that could fill your day. Let’s always take the time to celebrate the figures which have had an impact our past and present.

To close this series of events, let’s meditate on Martin Luther’s King quote:

“I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear.”