Can’t make an MLK Day event in person? No problem! Here are ways to serve, celebrate the holiday

The country will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Day on Monday. (Getty Images)

If you can’t make it to a parade, rally or other event to commemorate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, no need to worry.

There are plenty of other ways you can honor King, celebrate the holiday and impact your community virtually.

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Here are some ideas on how you can serve on Martin Luther King Jr. Day if you can’t make it to a live event.


Think you can’t volunteer and make the lives of others better from home? Think again.

Some senior centers have programs and opportunities in which you can teach virtual classes in areas of interest or hobbies such as cooking, exercise or history.

It’s a chance to share meaningful stories and lessons with seniors who can’t be visited in-person.

An example of one program that’s in need of volunteers is the Selfhelp Virtual Senior Center.

Celebrate in the neighborhoods

Holding peaceful celebrations with walks in the neighborhoods or parks is another way to commemorate King’s legacy and what he did for civil rights.

As long as its not being too loud to where it’s disturbing the peace, small neighborhood events are likely pretty safe, if done right.

Send care packages

Care packages can prepared and sent to hospital patients, senior centers or military members.

One way to send packages to military members is through Operation Gratitude, an organization that has partnered with Amazon to send items such as food, clothing or sunscreen to those serving our country.

Watch events online

Listening and learning are always two great traits for Martin Luther King Day, and there are opportunities to do that virtually.

One such event will be put on by Global Citizen 365, which will livestream its Martin Luther King Day of Service on YouTube.

For further suggestions and ways to help out your community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, visit

This story originally ran in 2021 and has since been updated.

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Keith is a member of Graham Media Group's Digital Content Team, which produces content for all the company's news websites.

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