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Martin Luther King Jr. Day Closings and Observances

Last Updated on January 16, 2023 by Cass County Online

Monday, January 16, 2023 is Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a federal holiday. The president encourages all Americans to observe this day with appropriate civic, community, and service projects in honor of Dr. King and to visit www.MLKDay.gov to find Martin Luther King, Jr., Day of Service projects across our country. Read the presidential proclamation here.

Here are additional closings and observances we’ve received:

TALK TO A LAWYER DAY: The Cass County Bar Association will be hosting Talk to a Lawyer Day on Monday, January 16, 2023, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. Community members are encouraged to contact 574-753-7730 for a free legal advice from a local attorney.

Banks: Most banks are closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

Post Office: USPS will be closed on Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Indiana Department of Natural Resources: Honor the legacy of Martin Luther King Jr. by volunteering at a DNR property on Jan. 16, Martin Luther King Day. On MLK Day, some properties will have self-directed service opportunities such as litter pickup along trails. Check the DNR calendar at calendar.dnr.IN.gov for lists of activities that day, and for volunteer events throughout the year. Work needed year-round includes maintaining trails, helping in nature centers, and sharing photography or art. Projects can also be tailored to volunteers’ skillsets. For more information on volunteering see on.IN.gov/dnrvolunteer or email DNRvolunteer@dnr.IN.gov.

Cass County Government: The Cass County Government Building (courthouse) will be closed Monday, Jan. 16. The Cass County Commissioners meeting will be held Tuesday, Jan 17 at 1 p.m.

Galveston Town Hall: The Galveston Town Hall will be closed Monday, January 16.

Royal Center Town Hall & Utilities: Office will be closed Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr Day. Will reopen at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

Logansport Schools will not be in session on Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. | Calendar

Lewis Cass Schools will not be in session on Monday, January 16 in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. | Calendar

BMV: All BMV branches will be closed Saturday, Jan. 14 through Monday, Jan. 16 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday. All branches will resume regularly scheduled business hours on Tuesday, Jan. 17.

IVY TECH: Distinguished philosopher, author and social commentator Dr. Cornel West will serve as the keynote speaker for Ivy Tech Community College Kokomo’s 19th annual “Doing the Dream” programs honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. West will speak at the event’s annual community banquet set for Jan. 26 on the Ivy Tech Kokomo campus and at a free student convocation Jan. 27. | More info

IUK:

Indiana University Kokomo will be closed Monday, January 16 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day. A series of campus and community events will be available to commemorate the holiday.

The Library, Cougar Country Café, Ground Up Café, Cole Fitness Center, and the bookstore will all be closed.

Online and electronic resources are available when the library is closed at iuk.edu/library/.

The campus will reopen at 8 a.m. Tuesday, January 17.

IU’s Office of the Vice President for Diversity, Equity, and Multicultural Affairs will offer its annual social justice conference Sunday, January 15 and Monday, January 16. It includes both in-person events at the Indiana Memorial Union, and virtual events. A schedule and registration are available at go.iu.edu/4IsD.

Locally, IU Kokomo and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc., Omicron Phi Omega Chapter are co-hosting a community and campus celebration week.

Activities begin with an ecumenical community service at 11 a.m. Monday, January 16 at Second Missionary Baptist Church, 818 N. Apperson Way, Kokomo. The service will be followed by a march to the MLK Memorial and wreath laying.

Thursday, January 19, join in a screening and discussion of the film The Woman King at 5:30 p.m. in Kresge Auditorium.

The commemoration wraps up Saturday, January 21 with a Martin Luther King Jr. community and youth celebration at Second Missionary Baptist Church. The 10 a.m. program includes performances from several churches, a panel discussion with local entrepreneurs, and lunch at noon.

All events are free and open to the public.