MLK Day 2023: What is open and closed in Connecticut

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Civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers a speech to a crowd of approximately 7,000 people on May 17, 1967 at UC Berkeley's Sproul Plaza in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

Civil rights leader Reverend Martin Luther King, Jr. delivers a speech to a crowd of approximately 7,000 people on May 17, 1967 at UC Berkeley's Sproul Plaza in Berkeley, California. (Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images)

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Monday, Jan. 16 is Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, a federal holiday in the United States honoring King’s birth date. The holiday is celebrated on the third Monday in January each year., though his actual date of birth was Jan. 15. 

The holiday commemorates the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., who was a Baptist minister and a pivotal leader in the American civil rights movement. He was an advocate for nonviolent protests to end racial segregation in the U.S and was awarded the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1964 for his work. He was assassinated in 1968.

The first national observance of MLK day in the U.S. began in 1986, and it is now celebrated as a federal holiday each year. Because of this, many businesses and services will be closed on Jan. 16.

Here’s what is open and closed on MLK Day in Connecticut.

Banks/financial services

All banks in Connecticut will be closed on MLK Day, though ATMs and online banking services will be accessible. Additionally, the New York Stock Exchange and Nasdaq will be closed.

Government agencies

All non-essential government agencies like the DMV and federal courthouses will be closed on MLK Day. Call local agencies to confirm their holiday closures. 

Libraries

All public libraries will be closed on MLK Day as they are federal institutions. 

National Parks

Not only are national parks open, but all entrance fees to national parks in Connecticut and the greater U.S. are waived on MLK Day. 

Postal services

The United States Postal Service (USPS) will be closed on MLK Day and will not be making deliveries to homes or businesses. Other delivery and postal services like Fedex and UPS will be open, though they may have modified services.

Retail

Large, private retailers and big box stores like Target will be open regular hours on MLK Day. Smaller, independent stores may be closed on the holiday, so it is best to call to confirm local businesses’ hours.

Schools

All schools, colleges and universities in Connecticut will not be in session on MLK Day. Classes will resume the following day on Tuesday, Jan. 17.