What's Open/Closed on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day?

Martin Luther King, Jr. Credit: MLK in CT)
Martin Luther King, Jr. Credit: MLK in CT)
Monday marks the nation's observance of Martin Luther King, Jr's birthday.

King’s actual birthday is Tuesday, Jan. 15 – he would have been 84 this year – but the official holiday is always celebrated on the third Monday of January. This year, that falls on Jan. 21.

The day is marked as a federal holiday. All federal employees and offices are closed. Banks are closed, as well as the stock market. All New York State Department of Motor Vehicle offices are closed.

It is also a postal holiday, which means there is no regular mail delivery/pickup or retail services on Jan. 21.

The Garden City Public Library will be open Monday, Jan. 21, Martin Luther King Jr. Day. All Garden City public and private schools are closed Monday as well.

All Garden City village offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 21. Offices will re-open at 8:30 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 22. There is no garbage or recycling pickup for Monday, Jan. 21 and there will be no rubbish pickup on Wednesday, Jan. 23.

The holiday collection schedule is as follows:

Western half of village (west of Rockaway Avenue):
Garbage: Tuesday and Thursday
Rubbish: Wednesday Jan. 30

Eastern half of village (east of Rockaway Avenue):
Garbage: Wednesday and Friday
Rubbish: Wednesday Jan. 30

Residents scheduled for recycling Jan. 21 are asked to put their recyclables out on Monday, Jan. 28. All other recycling days remain the same. Rubbish collection has been rescheduled to Wednesday, Jan. 30.

Hempstead Town Hall and senior centers are also closed in observance of the holiday. The Homeowner Disposal Area in Merrick will be closed.

Nassau County buildings and offices will be closed as well.

The Long Island Rail Road will operate on a holiday schedule. There will be 37 extra eastbound and westbound trains, to and from Penn Station, added on various branches to accommodate holiday travelers. Off-peak fares will also be in effect all day.


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