If you’ve been thinking of taking the Family on a weekend get-a-way for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, then look no further. Family Travel has gathered it’s top 5 suggestions for celebrating the man behind the day.
Atlanta has been dubbed the “new south”. Home to the 1996 Olympics, Coca Cola, and Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., just to name a few. You and the kids will have the opportunity to take a step back in time and find out where Martin Luther King, Jr. was born and see his childhood neighborhood. At The Martin Luther King, Jr., National Historic Site visitors will see a number of facilities that tell the story of Dr. King’s life and and his influence on others. You’ll have the chance to walk his neighborhood streets, visit his local church, the nearby fire station, and see his childhood home.
A city of true strength with the ability to unite and make a difference for the nation. Birmingham was the site of many significant events during the Civil Rights movement. Alabama will not only provide your family many historical lessons about the Civil Rights movement, but it also has plenty of things to do to keep the kids busy ALL weekend long. Don’t forget to share with the kids the connection between Martin Luther King, Jr. and the Civil Rights Movement.
Memphis, Tennessee is famous for barbeque, blues, and Elvis Presley. This exciting southern city has something for the whole family. The little kids will get a kick out of the Memphis Zoo and children’s museum. For the older kids they may enjoy a stop off at Elvis Presley’s estate, Graceland, or the Fedex Forum, where the Memphis Grizzlies play. Whatever you do don’t miss the Memphis Civil Rights Museum. It not only documents the fascinating Civil Rights movement but it was also the site of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s assassination. This museum is a great tribute to a man who truly embodied equality for all.
Washington D.C. has been home to many events that have impacted American history. Visitors will have the opportunity to see the Washington Monument, where Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. made his famous speech, “I Have a Dream”. A new must see attraction in D.C. is the MLK monument, located in West Potomac Park. While visiting the monument be sure to reflect on some of the amazing things that Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. did for our country and why the United States is better because of his existence. Visiting D.C. can be overwhelming; taking in all the monuments, memorials, and historical sites. Make sure you mix in some light-hearted activities to keep the family entertained.
If you can’t get away for MLK day make sure you take part in your city’s local celebrations or visit your local National Park, as every single park throughout the United States is FREE on MLK DAY!
Whatever you do for MLK Day, we encourage you to remember why we celebrate Dr. King’s life and his legacy.