Martin Luther King Day for the year 2026 is celebrated/ observed on Monday, January 19th.
Martin Luther King Day also called MLK Day, King Day, and Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Day is observed on the third Monday of January, which is close to King's actual birthday on January 15. The earliest Monday the holiday will ever be celebrated is January 15th and the latest is January 21st. The day is a federal United States holiday with all government and most business offices closed.
Martin Luther King, Jr was a Baptist minister and social activist that had a huge impact on the civil rights movement of the 1950’s in the United States. King was assassinated in 1968 and will be remembered for his non-violent protests against segregation and his “I have a Dream ” speech.
In 1983, President Ronald Reagan signed MLK Day into law and 3 years later it was first observed. By the year 2000, all fifty states officially observed the day. Another related holiday back in 1948, National Freedom Day was signed into law by President Truman as a national observance recognizing the outlaw of slavery enacted earlier during 1865 under President Lincoln during the civil war years.
Days to Martin Luther King Jr Day 2026
Monday, January 19th is day number 19 of the 2026 calendar year with 4 years, 1 month, 21 days until Martin Luther King Day 2026.
|Martin Luther King Day|
|Name(s):||Martin Luther King Day, MLK Day, King Day, Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Day Jr.|
|When:||Third Monday in January annually|
Dates for Martin Luther King Day
|Holiday||Date||Days to Go|
|Martin Luther King Day 2020||Monday, January 20, 2020||-679|
|Martin Luther King Day 2021||Monday, January 18, 2021||-315|
|Martin Luther King Day 2022||Monday, January 17, 2022||49|
|Martin Luther King Day 2023||Monday, January 16, 2023||413|
|Martin Luther King Day 2024||Monday, January 15, 2024||777|
|Martin Luther King Day 2025||Monday, January 20, 2025||1148|