Martin Luther King Jr. Day in Peters, What's Open, What's Closed?

Tell us how you will celebrate.

Monday, Jan. 21 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

For some, the national holiday honoring the prominent civil rights activist is a time to give back and serve the community, be it through removing graffiti or picking up litter in a local park.

For others, it’s an opportunity to educate themselves about King and his life's work. And for others, it’s a time to just kick back and enjoy the prolonged weekend.

So, tell us—What does Martin Luther King Jr. Day mean to you? What are you doing to commemorate King’s legacy?

The Holiday's History

Martin Luther King Jr. Day, now a U.S. holiday, took 15 years to create.

Legislation was first proposed by Congressman John Conyers (D-Michigan) four days after King was assassinated in 1968.

The bill was stalled, but Conyers, along with Rep. Shirley Chisholm (D-New York), pushed for the holiday every legislative session until it was finally passed in 1983, following civil rights marches in Washington. 

Then-president Ronald Reagan signed it into law. Yet it was not until 2000 that every U.S. state celebrated Martin Luther King Jr. Day by its name. Before then, states like Utah referred to the holiday more broadly as Human Rights Day. 

Now, the Corporation for National and Community Service has declared it an official U.S. Day of Service.

What's Closed

  • Peters Township School District
  • Most banks
  • Federal, state, and Washington County offices and courts
  • Pennsylvania driver license of and photo center are closed Saturday Jan. 19 through Mon. Jan 21.
  • State Liquor stores
  • Post offices (No mail delivery except for Express Mail)

What's Open

  • Peters Township Public Library
  • The Port Authority is running regular bus, T and incline weekday service, but the downtown service center is closed.

What closings/openings did we miss? Tell us in the comments.

Karen January 20, 2013 at 11:59 AM
Will garbage service be delayed a day?
Becky Brindle January 20, 2013 at 04:48 PM
Waste Management sent out this announcement on Peters Patch on Friday - http://patch.com/N-fP9f No delay pending weather.
Michael Silvestri January 21, 2013 at 12:30 PM
There is no delay in garbage. M. Silvestri Township Manager


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