SWFL, national events honoring Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

The following events will take place Monday across Southwest Florida to celebrate the memory of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.:

Fort Myers

A parade to celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day will begin at 11 a.m. at the Dunbar Jupiter Hammon Public Library located at 3095 Blount St., according to the Fort Myers Police Department. Formation for the parade will start at 9 a.m.

The marchers will continue heading west to High Street, then turning south onto Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Boulevard., according to police.The parade will then turn west onto Monroe Street and then turning north onto Edwards Drive. The parade will conclude in Centennial Park on 2000 W First St.

Various celebrations are expected to conclude at 6 p.m., according to police.

The following items will not be allowed in the park:

  • Coolers
  • Pets
  • Grills
  • Food

Cape Coral

There will be a “Unity Celebration” to honor Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. It will begin at 8:30 a.m. in the gymnasium of Oasis High School on 3519 Oasis Blvd., according to a spokesperson for the city manager.

Punta Gorda

The parade will take place from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the Charlotte Harbor Event and Conference Center on 75 Taylor St.


The annual parade will take place at 11 a.m. on the route beginning at Broad Avenue South and Third Street South until Fifth Street South. Following the parade, there will be a celebration from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. at Cambier Park on Eighth Street South.



The birthplace of King will be hosting several events in honor of his holiday.

Senator Bernie Sanders of Vermont, a frequent Trump critic, is scheduled to speak, at the Ebenezer Baptist Church, where King preached, along with King’s youngest child, Bernice King, and several other speakers.

CBS Atlanta affiliate WGCL reports there will be several other events around the city, including free admission and special screenings at the Atlanta History Center, and a special performance at the Center for Civil and Human Rights.

Charlotte, NC.

The Charlotte area is hosting several public events and speeches, as well as offering free admission to various museums and centers that celebrate the King legacy, CBS Charlotte affiliate WBTV reports.

The city also boast a large parade in honor of the holiday.


The Dallas-Forth Worth area boasts one of the nation’s largest MLK Day parades, reports CBS Dallas.

After three decades, the event at Fair Park continues to grow. This year’s theme is ‘Breaking the Chains of Injustice.’

Some of King’s famous words are written on the parade floats that will be rolling through the streets.


The city will also be hosting a large parade through downtown, followed by an event commemorating the holiday. CBS Denver reports the city has already hosted interfaith celebration of King’s legacy, and claims the Denver parade is also among the nation’s largest.

New York

There will be dozens of events, concerts, and speeches throughout the city to celebrate the holiday, reports CBS New York.

Additionally, the city has put out its annual call to volunteer in honor of King’s legacy.