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2020 MLK Day: Four Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebrations and festivals around Phoenix

Posted at 4:01 PM, Jan 19, 2020
and last updated 2020-01-20 20:57:48-05

PHOENIX — Communities around the Valley will have parades and festivals on Monday, Jan. 20, 2020 to remember and honor the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Here is a list of events happening around the Valley.

Phoenix MLK March (Jan. 20)

Community leaders, government officials, and members of the community will walk from Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church, near 15th and Jefferson streets, to Margaret T. Hance Park, 1200 N. 3rd Street, in a two-mile march symbolic of Martin Luther King's march in 1968. More information.

The march is expected to start at 9 a.m. at Pilgrim Rest Baptist Church and end at 9:55 a.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park where the MLK Day Festival is, according to the website. View march route.

Phoenix Martin Luther King Day Festival (Jan. 20)

The Martin Luther King march in downtown Phoenix culminates with a festival at Margaret T. Hance Park "where the life of Dr. King and historical civil rights events are remembered and celebrated," according to the website. There will be different vendors, booths, entertainment and cultural food and drink.

The festival runs from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Margaret T. Hance Park, near Third and Moreland streets. More information.

East Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade and Festival (Jan. 20)

The East Valley Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. parade starts at 11 a.m. at Center Street and MLK Way in Mesa. This year's grand marshal is Reyna Montoya, founder and CEO of Aliento, a community youth-led organization that holds arts workshops and programs for people affected by Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and deportation.

View the parade route. After the parade, there will be a community festival from noon to 4 p.m. At 12:30 p.m., there will be a brief program to honor the life of Dr. Martin Luther King near Pepper and Macdonald. More information.

Both the i.d.e.a. Museum and the Arizona Museum of Natural History will be open from 10 a.m. - 4 p.m. and will have half-priced admission.

Arizona State Parks will also be offering free admission on Jan. 20.

MLK March on ASU West (Jan. 22)

Middle school students and ASU students and leaders will participate in a march on Arizona State University's West campus on Jan. 22, 2020. The march starts at 11 a.m. and ends at noon. Following the march, Charles St. Clair, an ASU faculty member, will deliver Martin Luther King Jr's famous "I have a dream" speech. The event is free and open to the public. Public parking is available for $3 an hour. More information.