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What's Open, Closed on MLK Day?

MLK Day is Monday, a federal holiday for most government workers and many businesses.

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gives his 'I have a dream' speech in the march on Washington in 1963. Credit: AP File Photo
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. gives his 'I have a dream' speech in the march on Washington in 1963. Credit: AP File Photo

Monday, Jan. 20, is Martin Luther King Jr. Day -- a federal holiday to commemorate the renowned civil rights leader’s life and leadership to combat racial discrimination in America. 

The holiday, often referred to as MLK Day, is always the third Monday in January, which occurs right around King’s birthday on Jan. 15.

As a federal holiday, it means that all government offices, the schools, and the library are closed. 

Many businesses will close for the day; but many won’t. Most retail and all convenience stores will be open, for instance.  

Here is a short list of what is closed and open today.

  • All federal, state and Barrington town offices, the town hall, the schools, the library, and the senior center are closed today.
  • Most banks are closed; TD Bank is open, and Citizens Bank will open its grocery store branches.
  • Retail stores, including markets and liquor stores are open, although they may have different hours. Check with individual merchants.
  • Post offices are closed and there is no mail delivery.
  • RIPTA will operate on its holiday schedule.
Meg Jones January 19, 2014 at 10:42 AM
Art by You at Weirdgirl Creations Pottery Studio is open on MLK DAY from 11AM-5PM for drop in - paint your own pottery fun! All ages newborn to grandparents alike LOVE to paint pottery! No appointment - no experience necessary. Located at the corner of Sowams Rd. and 33 Kent Street we are the place for FAMILY FUN! www.weirdgirlcreations.com Or call (401) 247-1397
Karen Marrone January 20, 2014 at 11:47 AM
There was a documentary about Martin Luther King on this morning from 8AM-10AM. It was very good! I learned some things about MLK that I never knew! I cannot comprehend the courage that he had.

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