11 Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in NJ

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Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is celebrated on the third Monday of January each year, and serves to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in his contributions to the Civil Rights Movement. This federal holiday, which falls on Monday, January 21, also doubles as King Day of Service, encouraging citizens to serve their community by volunteering their time and efforts. This year, consider spending your day off at one of these celebratory events in New Jersey, including Gloucester Township’s Day of Service, the YMCA Commemorative Breakfast, or Winter Day Camp at Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center.

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Here are 11 ways to celebrate Martin Luther King, Jr. Day in NJ:

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. YMCA Commemorative Breakfast
January 21, 8AM – 10AM
Join the YMCAs of Monmouth County at a commemorative breakfast to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. President of the New Jersey State NAACP, Richard T. Smith, will be in attendance to deliver the keynote speech.
Branches Catering
123 Monmouth Road, West Long Branch, NJ 07764
Cost: Adult $30, Kids 12 and under $10, Table of ten guests $250

I Have a Dreamcatcher Craft at Hillsborough Library
January 19, 10AM – 4PM
Bring your family to the Hillsborough Library to make a craft to commemorate Martin Luther King Jr. – a dreamcatcher! But not an ordinary dreamcatcher, the “I Have a Dreamcatcher.” A great way to talk about dreams with your littles.
Hillsborough Library
379 South Branch Rd., Hillsborough, NJ 08844

Gloucester Township’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
January 21, 8:30AM – 12PM
Join Mayor David Mayer, Township Council, Gloucester Township Public Schools, and friends and neighbors on by volunteering your time to fulfill Dr. King’s dream of helping others. As Dr. King once said, “Life’s most persistent and urgent question is, ‘What are you doing for others?’” Your participation will allow you to engage in fun and worthwhile service projects that have a lasting impact on the entire community.
Charles W. Lewis Middle School
875 Erial Rd, Blackwood, NJ 08012

via Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center

Winter Day Camp at Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
January 21, 8:30AM – 4PM
Follow animal tracks in the snow (or mud), make winter bird feeders, build snow forts, learn about winter wilderness survival, warm up near the fireplace, tap sugar maple trees to make syrup, play camouflage and other outdoor games, visit the farm animals, and so much more. Extended care available from 7:30AM – 8:30AM before camp and 4PM – 5:30PM after camp. Sign up for one or multiple days.
Fernbrook Farms Environmental Education Center
142 Bordentown Georgetown Rd, Columbus, NJ 08022
Cost: $59 per day

National Day of Service at Reeves-Reed Arboretum
January 21, 9AM – 12PM
Head to Reeves-Reed Arboretum for a fun day, where your littles will create a unique card made from recycled materials. These cards will be sent out on Valentine’s Day to patients in local hospitals, this event is appropriate for all ages.
Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Ave, Summit, NJ 07901

Martin Luther King Day of Service in Cherry Hill
January 21, 9AM – 12PM
Residents of all ages are invited to participate in Martin Luther King, Jr’s Day of Service. Cherry Hill is hosting a food drive for those in need. Many businesses in the area are dropoff locations for these items. On the day of service, Cherry Hill needs help sorting items, trail maintenance and cleanup, organizing, cleaning, and dog bed making.
100 Bortons Mill Road, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034

Celebrate the Art & Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with the Arts Council of Princeton
January 21, 9AM – 12PM
This event features a free community breakfast followed by a few speakers. There will be a live performance by the First Baptist Church Choir of Princeton, art and history activities, a canned food drive, and a story circle with jaZams toy store.
Center for the Arts
102 Witherspoon St., Princeton, NJ 08542
Cost: free

10th Annual Scotch Plains Fanwood MLK Day of Service
January 21, 9:30AM
Adults and families alike are welcome to join the Scotch Plains/Fanwood community to learn, remember, and volunteer. Volunteer opportunities big and small will be available between 11AM – 5PM. It’s time to join in on volunteer events, sing, and dance.
Fanwood-Scotch Plains YMCA
1340 Martine Ave, Scotch Plains, NJ 07076

MLK Crafts at Morris Museum
January 21, 12PM – 2PM
During your visit to the museum, drop into the Pop-Up Crafts station any time between 12PM and 2PM to make a special craft. Information and handouts about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. will be available to take and learn about his life.
Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Rd, Morristown, NJ 07960
Cost: Free with admission – Adults $10, Children 3 – 18 $7, Children under 3 free

Newark Museum’s MLK Jr. Day Celebration
January 21, 12PM – 4PM
This event features fun for the whole family with film, live performances, spoken word, interactive tours, and other family activities. Honor his legacy, fulfill his dream, and pass on his message to future generations.
Newark Museum
49 Washington St., Newark, NJ 07102
Cost: free with admission, $8, Kids under 2 free

The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service
January 21, 8AM
Choose from any one of the campuses and volunteer your time with The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey, who will be completing a variety of service tasks on this day. Registration and breakfast start at 8AM, Celebration begins at 9AM, and service projects work from 10AM to 2PM. All volunteers receive breakfast, lunch, and a fun giveaway.
various campuses in Southern New Jersey

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