10 Things to Do Over Martin Luther King, Jr. Weekend

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Looking for something to do on the upcoming long weekend? Spartanburg kids and parents have a long weekend coming up giving families time to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. If you are looking for ways to honor his legacy, we have found several family-friendly options. We’ve also included some added special events that can make the long weekend fun for everyone!

Things to Do to Honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Unity Walk

On Saturday, January 19, 2019, Spartanburg citizens are invited to participate in a community walk/stroll, Walk of One, in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. beginning at 9 am at Headquarters Library.

Day of Service

MLK Day (Monday, January 19, 2019) is also a Day of Service in Spartanburg. The city partners with United Way of the Piedmont to encourage people to serve the community honoring King’s legacy. You can find places to volunteer or give donations around the county at the United Way of the Piedmont’s site. The list designates family-friendly and age 5 + opportunities.

Unity Celebration

The final event of Spartanburg’s Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Unity Celebration Week is the Unity Celebration, which will be held at Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium at 6:30 pm January 21, 2019. This year’s keynote speaker is Darrin Goss, Sr.

Visit the Library

This long weekend provides parents with an opportunity to have meaningful discussions with their children about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement. Our local libraries provide tons of free resources for children to teach the importance of King and why we honor him this weekend. Here are a couple excellent book lists to get you started from What Do We Do All Day?

Books About Peace
Civil Rights Picture Books for Kids
Books to Inspire Kids to Change the World
Books that Teach Kids to Combat Racism
Children’s Books about Protests & Civil Disobedience

Note: Be sure to visit the library and stock up on reading material before Monday! All Spartanburg County Public Libraries will be closed on Monday, January 21, 2019.

Other Things to Do On MLK Weekend

TCMU-Spartanburg MLK Jr. Day Camp

This special Dino-Mite Preschool Camp will be held on Monday, January 21, 2019 from 9:00 am – 12:00 pm. Have a mom or dad’s morning out while your 3 – 6 year olds have a morning to learn and play at the children’s museum.

$20 for members | $25 for nonmembers
Call 864-233-7755 to register.

Visit a National Park

The National Parks offer FREE entrance days four times a year – and one of those times is MLK Day! Load up the car and visit nearby National Parks such as Cowpens Battlefield, Kings Mountain, or the Carl Sandburg Home. Note: Cowpens Battlefield is closed for the duration of the government shutdown. Others may be open, but check before you head out. 

Cowpens Battlefield Anniversary Event

This event commemorating the Battle of Cowpens is MLK, Jr. weekend. It is free and open to the public. You can see the full list of events hereNote: Cowpens Battlefield is closed for the government shutdown. The event will likely not occur if the government remains shutdown. Confirm they are open before you head out!

Swamp Rabbits Hockey – Stick it to Cancer Night

Have you lost someone to cancer? Do you enjoy watching hockey? If you answered yes to either of these questions, head to the Swamp Rabbits game on Friday, January 18, 2019. A portion of the proceeds from tickets and various events will go towards cancer foundations in the Upstate. A special luminary ceremony paying tribute to those fighting cancer or who have fought cancer will be held.

Enjoy Restaurant Week

Spartanburg Restaurant Week wraps up on January 20, 2019. If you haven’t yet tasted the special menus at popular restaurants around town, this is the perfect weekend to take the family out to eat.

While we’ve suggested several events for this special weekend, don’t forget about recurring events like Starry Nights or Cosmic Nights. And, if it is just too cold, we’ve got you covered with our giant list of Things to Do Indoors.

What’s on your agenda for MLK weekend?

About the Author
Jennifer relocated to Spartanburg seven years ago, and now spends her days working from home and taking care of her two kids. She loves this area because we can go from rural areas to urban areas to the mountains within an hour. Her favorite things to do with her kids are using their imaginations and visiting Spartanburg County local libraries. Follow Jennifer at www.litlovingmom.com.

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