MLK Day: What's open, closed, happening today


America is marking Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, a federal holiday that means many government offices and services will be shut down.

There are also a number of events going ahead in the metro area and other Minnesota cities honoring the legacy of the civil rights leader.

Here's a look at what's open, closed and happening today:


The Minneapolis Spokesman-Recorder has an extensive list of events going on in the metro area to commemorate MLK Day, which includes holiday breakfasts at locations across the Twin Cities including the Minneapolis Convention Center and Macalester College.

The convention center is also hosting a "Diversity Job Fair" Monday morning, while the Ordway Center in St. Paul is the location for the MLK Day "Statewide Celebration," featuring music, dancing and speeches. Another celebration will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Powderhorn Park, in south Minneapolis.

BringMeTheNews has details of other events being held Minnesota for MLK Day that you can read here.

The Duluth News Tribune has information on the activities going on in Duluth, which includes a march and rally starting at Washington Center at 10:45 a.m.

The NAACP is holding a march and rally in Rochester as well, starting in Peace Plaza from 11:45 a.m. More details here.

MPR notes St. Cloud State University is holding several events to honor Dr. King, including an oratory contest.

Activists protesting the police-involved shootings of Jamar Clark and Marcus Golden will be holding demonstrations in Minneapolis and St. Paul dubbed "A Tale of Two Cities." Two groups will march to the Lake Street/Marshall Ave. bridge over the Mississippi, starting from E. Lake St. and 46th Ave. S in Minneapolis, and Marshall and Otis avenues in St. Paul. More details here.


There is no regular mail service on MLK Day and post offices will be closed. Deliveries by other carriers such as UPS and FedEx should still arrive, according to the International Business Times.


Most banks will close on Monday, but some in-store outlets will remain open, so head to a grocery store if you need to bank.

The Star Tribune notes that all TCF Bank branches will be open, including those in Cub Foods stores. Wells Fargo's in-store and traditional branches will be closed, as will all Bremner Bank branches, the newspaper notes.

U.S. Bank traditional banks will be closed.


The Twin Cities' biggest transit operator, Metro Transit, has said its buses, light rail lines and Northstar Train will follow regular weekday schedules.

Its customer relations, lost & found, Transit Information Center and Transit Service Centers will also be open regular hours.


The Star Tribune says meters won't be enforced in Minneapolis and St. Paul, and the University of Minnesota won't enforce unless it's noted on the meter.

Malls/grocery stores

Major malls, retailers and supermarkets will be open, though you might want to check before you head out (it's going to be cold!) if there are any changes to opening hours.


The University of Minnesota and most public schools will be closed, KSTP notes.

And some of the schools that had planed on opening are closing or having a shortened day because of the extreme cold. KARE 11 has a full list of closures and delays.

Government services

KSTP notes DMV offices will be closed on Monday, as will most state, county and city offices and services including those in Minneapolis, which will resume regular hours on Tuesday.

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What's open and closed in Minnesota on MLK Day 2021?

Local government offices will generally be closed on Monday.

What's open and closed in Minnesota on MLK Day?

Local government offices will generally be closed on Monday.