MLK Day 2022: What's Open, Closed In East Greenwich

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EAST GREENWICH, RI — Martin Luther King Jr. Day falls on Monday, Jan. 17 this year, and a variety of services will be closed in Rhode Island on the day.

King's birthday is Jan. 15, but the federal holiday celebrating the civil rights leader is observed on the third Monday of January each year.

Related: RI Lawmakers Cancel MLK Day Celebration Due To COVID-19

Here's a look at what's open and closed in East Greenwich on Monday.

  • Retail stores: Open at owner's discretion

  • Liquor stores: Open

  • Supermarkets: Open

  • Convenience stores: Open

  • Restaurants, bars: Open

  • Banks: Closed

  • Libraries: Closed

  • Stock market: Closed

  • Municipal, state, federal offices: Closed

  • Mail: Post offices closed; express delivery only

  • RIPTA: Sunday/Holiday schedule

  • Trash Collection: Trash pickup delayed one day.

The history of the MLK holiday in America is a complicated one.

Almost immediately after King's assassination in 1968, activists began pushing for a holiday celebrating his Jan. 15 birthday. However, the official national holiday wasn't signed into law until 1983 by President Ronald Reagan.

The first federal MLK Day was observed on the third Monday of January in 1986, but many states held out. Arizona didn't recognize the day until 1992, when the state lost its rights to host the Super Bowl after voters in Arizona failed to make the day a paid holiday.

The last state to adopt the holiday? New Hampshire, in 1999.

This article originally appeared on the East Greenwich Patch

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