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Monday: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day

mlkMonday is Martin Luther King Jr. Day – a federal holiday.

In observance of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, Lakewood’s Municipal offices and other government offices will be closed.

There will be no trash pickup today. Monday’s garbage and recycling will be picked up on Tuesday. Tuesday’s garbage and recycling will be picked up on Wednesday.

There will also be no bulk collection this week.

The Post Offices will also be closed, and there will not be USPS delivery.

Most banks in New Jersey will be closed, as well as the stock market.

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Martin Luther King Jr. Day (officially Birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr.) is an American federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King, Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around the time of King’s birthday, January 15. The floating holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the civil rights movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law. The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968. President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later. At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

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