Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a day set aside to celebrate and honor the birthday of the slain civil rights leader.
The holiday is celebrated at both the federal and state levels.
State and local government offices are closed.
Courts are closed.
Financial and stock markets are closed.
Post offices are closed with no regular mail delivery.
Banks and public schools have the option to close.
NJ Transit trains will operate on a major holiday/weekend schedule. Bus schedules vary by route, and some routes may be affected. The Newark Light Rail will operate on a Saturday/holiday schedule; the Hudson-Bergen Light Rail will be on a Saturday/Sunday schedule and the River Line will operate on a Sunday schedule. For details, refer to timetables or check the agency’s website at njtransit.com or call (973) 275-5555.
PATH trains will operate on a regular weekday schedule.
Here is one way Livingston residents can mark the occasion:
The will take place on Monday, Jan. 16, 2012 at . Below is a schedule of the day’s activities:
- 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. (LHS cafeteria) – In keeping with Dr. King’s vision, community members are invited to join with local organizations to work on projects that will provide for the less fortunate. Projects include assembling emergency kits, collecting non-perishable foods and supplies for local food kitchens, and making crafts using recycled materials.
- 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. (LHS auditorium) – Come see the animated movie Our Friend Martin about two students – one black and one white – who travel back in time and meet Dr. King. The students experience segregation firsthand when they aren't allowed to eat on a train together and witness the bus boycott, the Birmingham riots, and the "I Have a Dream" speech. The cast features stars Edward Asner, Angela Basset, James Earl Jones, LeVar Burton, Whoopie Goldberg, Danny Glover and Samuel L. Jackson.
- 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. (LHS auditorium) – Stick around after the movie for some live music performed by bands Chromatic Funk and Castles.
The day will conclude with a walk around the Oval.