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MLK Day Celebration Offers an Opportunity to Serve

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Rockville will honor Martin Luther King Jr.’s life and legacy as the city holds its 51st annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration with a ceremony on Monday, Jan. 16, and a week of service activities.

King recognized the power of service. The civil rights leader famously said, “Everyone can be great because everybody can serve.” In 1994, Congress passed the King Holiday and Service Act to designate the federal holiday as a national day of service. By observing Martin Luther King Jr. Day through service activities, Rockville begins each year with a commitment to making our community a better place.

The city is sponsoring six service activities in which the community can participate. (Some of these activities are weather dependent and may be rescheduled). They are:

  • Creating winter kits for unsheltered veterans.
  • Partnering with Project Linus to make blankets for sick children.
  • A trail cleanup to remove trash from the Hayes Forest Preserve at Croydon Creek Nature Center.
  • A Weed Warriors invasive plant pull at a city park.
  • Meal packaging with nonprofit Rise Against Hunger, a global effort to end hunger.
  • Bringing dry or canned food on Jan. 16 to the Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration at Richard Montgomery High School. Learn more about the ceremony in the article on this page.

For more information, and to register to participate in a service activity, visit

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