Martin L. King Day Activities
January 15, 2018     .     9:00 am - 5:00 pm

Opening Ceremony and Silent March

DATE: Monday, January 15, 2018 – 9:00 AM

STARTING LOCATION: Freedom Center, 2609 N. Martin Luther King Ave., Oklahoma City

The silent march is held in the style of the early civil rights movement marches, beginning about 9 AM on the morning of the King Holiday. It proceeds from the Freedom Center west on NW 23rd to the Oklahoma History Center just east of the state capitol building. At that location, it is followed at 11:00 AM by the Bell Ringing.

Bell Ringing

DATE: Monday, January 15, 2018 – 11:00 AM

LOCATION: Oklahoma History Center
800 Nazih Zuhdi Drive in Oklahoma City, just east of and across Lincoln from the State Capitol.

Using Oklahoma’s replica of the Liberty Bell, the bell ringing begins about 11:00 AM on the Monday of the King Holiday, following the Silent March from the Freedom Center.


Holiday Program

Date:  Monday, January 15, 2017, 12:15 – 2:00 PM

St. Paul’s Episcopal Cathedral, 127 NW 7th, Oklahoma City

In 1983, the United States Congress passed, and then President Reagan signed, a bill to create an federal holiday to honor the life, memory, and influence of civil rights icon Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Now, to remember and honor King’s ideals, sacrifice and contributions to our nation, we come together to pray, to sing, to celebrate, but also to re-pledge our own commitment to nonviolence, peace and the pursuit of justice.

This Holiday Program offers a fitting place to make that commitment publicly and in communion with a diverse community of like-minded people. The event is free and open to all.

The event features an invocation, speeches from community leaders, music and a benediction. The parade immediately follows, starting from a nearby location.

When available, the program for the event will be made available on this page.


MLK Jr. Holiday Parade

DATE: Monday, January 15, 2018

Parade steps off at 2 pm. See parade map linked below for staging area, route and road closures.

2018 THEME: The Power of One

Parade Marshall(s): To be announced