Harmonies of Hope: Tampa Bay’s Weekend Celebration for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day


Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day serves as a poignant tribute to the enduring legacy of the revered civil rights leader. This annual observance, falling on the third Monday of January, aligns this year with Dr. King’s birthday on January 15. Commencing the celebration on Friday, January 12, the festivities extend across the weekend with a variety of events honoring Dr. King’s profound impact, including several musical venues around Tampa Bay.

Hillsborough County

2024 MLK Parade

January 15, 12 p.m. | City of Tampa

The City of Tampa invites residents to a day of unity, reflection, and enjoyment. The parade kicks off at North 15th Street and East 21st Avenue, concluding at North 22nd Street and East Osborne Avenue.

Hernando County

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade

January 15, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. | Downtown Brooksville

Downtown Brooksville hosts a parade commemorating the life, legacy, and dream of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., with active participation from city officials and local organizations.

Pasco County

MLK Celebration

January 15, 10:30 a.m. (symbolic march), 11 a.m. (celebration) | African American Club

Embark on a symbolic walk from Union Baptist Church to the African American Club, featuring live performances, creative tributes, and guest speakers. Additionally, downtown Dade City hosts the 2024 Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Parade, led by Grand Marshal Michael Penix Jr., quarterback for the Washington Huskies.

Citrus County

“Remembering the Dream” MLK Day Community Event

January 15, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. | Copeland Park

Join the George Washington Community Center and the Copeland Park Community Association for a community gathering featuring inspiring speakers, an interactive recitation of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I Have A Dream” speech, engaging games, and available food vendors.

Polk County

MLK Day Block Party

January 15, 1 p.m. – 3 p.m. | Strong Tower Church

Join the block party at Strong Tower Church, featuring complimentary food, bounce houses, games, haircuts, and more. The 46th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Parade in the City of Lakeland takes place on January 20, with various community participants parading along Martin Luther King Jr. Avenue.

Pinellas County

MLK Dream Big Parade and Family Fun Day in St Pete

January 15 | Downtown St. Pete (parade) and Tropicana Field (Family Fun Day)

The parade traverses 1st Avenue South, complemented by the Family Fun Day at Tropicana Field Lot 4, offering kid-friendly rides, local cuisine, entertainment, and more.

Clearwater also celebrates with the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Celebration, commencing with a march at 11 a.m. and concluding at Coachman Park for additional events and music.

Government Offices & School Closures

On January 15, all government offices and facilities in the Tampa Bay area will be closed in observance of the holiday. Tampa Bay schools will also be closed on January 15, resuming regular operations on January 16.