2024 MLK Day of Service:
NJ Events Honoring Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

MLK Day of Service: Events In New Jersey

MLK Day is observed on  January 15, 2024  this year
to pay honor to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day (MLK Day) in New Jersey is not just a day off, but a day on - a day of service dedicated to helping others, as King himself did during his lifetime.

MLK Day is observed on the third Monday of January each year (January 15, 2024) to pay honor to Dr. Martin Luther King and to the principles for which he lived and died.

The holiday also celebrates the life and contributions of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and the history of the civil rights movement in the United States

Here are some of the best events and activities that typically take place on this day.

Note: Sometimes conditions require cancellations or changes of dates, times and location which are not reflected in the original schedule. Before planning a trip to visit one of the listed events, it is suggested that you call the event sponsor to confirm the event schedule or for additional information on the event.

Stay tuned --- we will be updating this list as the event sponsors confirm this year's events.

Northern New Jersey
2024 MLK Jr. Day Events

YMCA of Newark 53rd Anniversary Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Breakfast
Friday, January 12, 2024; @8am
The Robert Treat Hotel
50 Park Place
Newark NJ
Cost: $45.00
Contact: 973-624-8900 Email: : [email protected]
The YMCA of Newark and Vicinity has honored the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. for the past 52 years with an annual memorial breakfast. In fact, the YMCA was the first local organization to hold an event honoring Dr. King. The breakfast allows us to take time to remember and reflect on Dr. King's vision of a community and world of peace, love, and understanding. This is a wonderful opportunity to recommit ourselves to the high ideals that Dr. King personified.
Proceeds fro this event will directly impact those in need.

Community Day Martin Luther King Jr.: Vision in Action

Monday, January 15, 2024:12 PM - 5pm
The Newark Museum of Art
49 Washington St
Newark, NJ
Free Event
Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. with a celebration of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy, his teachings of social justice, and his service to the community. This year's Community Day features uplifting performances, hands-on activities, and opportunities to help others. There's something for the whole family! Visitors are encouraged to bring nonperishable food items to support a local food bank, women's shelter, or church.

Jersey Cares Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service:"I Have A Dream" Walk
Monday, January 15, 2024; from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m
Millburn High School Track
462 Millburn Ave
Millburn, NJ
Volunteers will come together in solidarity to support the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and social justice causes by walking 2 miles or running a 5k. 50% of all funds raised for this project support the New Jersey Institute for Social Justice. Registration for this project is FREE. This event is appropriate for ages 4+.

Central New Jersey
202$3 MLK Jr. Day Events

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 34th Annual Commemorative Breakfast
Friday, January 13, 2023; 7:30am - 9:30am
Sheraton Eatontown Hotel
6 Industrial Way East
Eatontown, NJ, 07724
Cost: Event tickets are $35 for adults, $10 for youth who are 16 & under and $350 for a table of 10
Purchase Tickets
The YMCA of Greater Monmouth County proudly celebrates the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. at their 34th Annual Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemorative Breakfast in his honor. Please join in as they grow awareness and support for the important work of Dr. King and today's civic leaders.
Keynote: Reverend Dale Caldwell Human Dignity Awardee: Pastor Kerwin Webb Social Responsibility Awardee: Senator Vin Gopal Togetherhood
Champion: Yulissa and Jayden Gomez

Dr Martin Luther King Jr Day; Poster Making Workshop
Monday, January 15, 2024; 1pm - 3pm
Solley Theater
Arts Council of Princeton
102 Witherspoon Street
Princeton, NJ
Free Event
The Arts Council of Princeton will be celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a free Poster-Making Workshop open to all ages. The earliest use of protest posters dates back to the 16th century, and they continue to be a powerful tool to amplify one's voice in a community. While there have been many artists that used their art to protest, we tend to associate protest posters with significant cultural events. From issues like racism and police violence to organized resistance, today's protest posters continue to feature hard-hitting slogans and bold artwork to communicate one's point of view.
+ Bring pantry-stable goods for our MLK Day Food Drive, to benefit Princeton Nursery School. Celebrating nearly a century of service to the community, PNS provides a quality preschool education program and child care for families in need, providing a diverse environment and a broad array of support services.

43rd Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Scholarship Breakfast
January 15 2024; 8am - 12pm
Hyatt Regency Princeton
102 Carnegie Center Drive
Princeton, NJ
Event Cost: $35 -$100
Join in for the 43rd Annual Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast is hosted by the Ivy League Educational Foundation of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Epsilon Upsilon Chapter. This years theme is "Shine a Light on Him - Make Room and Lets Work"

West Windsor MLK Day of Service
January 15, 2024 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
West Windsor Arts Center
952 Alexander Rd.
Princeton Junction, NJ
(609) 716-1931
Website (See website for needed donations)
Join West Windsor Arts Council and African American Parent Support Group as they partner with local agencies to provide much needed assistance to the people they serve. In order to help plan accordingly, please register each individual in your group for a timeslot by selecting one of the available tickets. Families, clubs, or corporate groups welcome. "Donations organizers" will work inside West Windsor Arts to package donations as they arrive into kits to be ready for delivery. Anyone may donate items! Registration is not required.
Bring your donated items to West Windsor Arts: 1. On the day of the event: Monday, January 15 between the hours of 10:00 am to 3:00 pm 2. In advance: M-F, January 8 – 12 from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm; Sat, January 13 from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm.

SEED 14th MLK Commemorative Breakfast
January 20, 2024; 10 AM - 1 PM
Hyatt Regency Princeton
102 Carnegie Center
Princeton, NJ 08540
Cost: $70
To celebrate Martin Luther King Jr. and his impact, S.E.E.D. (Servants Endeavoring to Empower and Develop)is hostng a delicious breakfast with like-minded individuals. Attendees will come together to reflect on Dr. King's teachings and discuss how they can continue his work towards equality and justice. Don't miss out on this opportunity to be part of a meaningful event that will leave you motivated and inspired!
All proceeds will benefit the S.E.E.D. and Heal the City initiatives.

Southern New Jersey
2024 MLK Jr. Day Events

Rutgers Law BLSA's 27th Annual MLK Gala!
Friday, January 12, 2024; 6:30 - 11:30pm
The Merion
1301 U.S. 130
Cinnaminson, NJ
Website /Tickets
Cost: General Admission: $150, Past Honoree Admission $125, & Student Admission $80
the Rutgers School of Law-Camden Black Law Student Association will be honoring three champions of Social Justice that embody the spirit of Martin Luther King Jr. Honorees: The Honorable Jason D. Witcher Georgette Miller, Esq. and Shaka Johnson, Esq.
This is a formal event! The night will begin with a cocktail reception at 6:30 p.m., followed by a seated dinner, the awards ceremony, and the celebration! Each Gala ticket includes an open bar, a three-course seated dinner, and a night of dancing, laughter, and celebration!

Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Breakfast @ Rowan University

Monday, January 15, 2024: @9am - 1pm.
Eynon Ballroom, Chamberlain Student Center
201 Mullica Hill Road
Rowan University
Glassboro, New Jersey 08028
Cost: $75
Tickets/Contact: Joy Kudla, Assistant Director of Gifts and Alumni Records 856-256-5401
Join in for an uplifting gathering in recognition of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Guests will enjoy remarks from Master of Ceremonies Rick Williams, and by New York Times columnist, author and MSNBC political analyst Charles M. Blow who will deliver the keynote address.
All proceeds will support their students through the William H. Myers Memorial Scholarships. This event is co-sponsored by the Division of Diverisity, Equity & Inclusion and the Rowan University Foundation.

Gloucester Township’s Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
Monday, January 15, 2024; 8:30 am - noon
Charles W. Lewis Middle School
875 Erial Road
Blackwood, NJ
Join Mayor David Mayer, Township Council, Gloucester Township Public Schools, and Friends and Neighbors 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?" Be a part of fun and worthwhile service projects that have a lasting impact on our entire community.

Ocean City Martin Luther King Jr Ceremony
Monday, January 15, 2024: at 12:00 PM
Music Pier
825 Boardwalk
Ocean City, NJ 08226
This event will bring the community together to remember Dr. King through words, song and dance. The event will include community resources and a soul food lunch.

Stockton University Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service
January 15, 2024; @ 8:30am
Stockton University
101 Vera King Farris Drive
Galloway, NJ 08205-9441
(609) 652-4256
[email protected]
Volunteer registration and event information
The Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service is Stockton University's signature Annual Day of Service. It brings together over 500 students, community members, and community partners, and often encompasses over 15 projects both on- and off-campus. The goal of Days of Service are to provide an intensive, community-wide experience for students and to introduce them to partners where they can serve long-term and develop an ongoing relationship.