Banks, libraries, and government offices will be closed today in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
The national holiday was first observed in 1986, the same year that the King County Council elected to rename the county in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. the change was not made official by the state until 2005. The original namesake was William Rufus King, Vice-Presidents of the United States at the time the Washington Territory was established.
Martin Luther King, Jr.’s actual birthday is January 15th, the Civil Rights leader would have been 86 this year. Celebrated on the third Monday each January, Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a day of service for many organizations and volunteers. Here are some of the closures and events that you can expect today:
Metro Transit buses on reduced schedules Jan. 19, Martin Luther King Jr. holiday
In observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday, Metro will operate itsReduced Weekday and “When no UW” schedules on Monday, Jan. 19. Some routes will not operate while other routes will operate fewer trips than on a regular weekday. Riders are encouraged to review details in either printed timetables or online schedules.
Most Metro and King County offices will be closed Monday, including Metro’s Customer Information, Lost and Found and Pass Sales offices. Also on Monday, some transit service will be rerouted or delayed during the Martin Luther King Jr. events in the downtown Seattle, Capitol Hill and Central areas.
Highlighted routes indicate an impact on Fremont.
Routes that do not operate: 5EX, 15EX,17EX, 21EX, 29, 56, 114, 192, 201, 237, 304, 308, 316, 330, 355, 601 Group Health, 930
Routes that operate a “Reduced Weekday” (RW) schedule:(Designated trips are canceled and identified in timetables with an “H”) 1, 2, 3, 4, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 16, 24, 26EX, 27, 28EX, 33, 36, 40, 41, 43, 44, 50, 60, 64, 70, 76, 77, 101, 102, 105, 106, 107, 111, 116, 120, 121, 122, 123, 124, 125, 128, 143, 150, 153, 157, 158, 159, 167, 168, 169, 177, 179, 180, 181, 182, 183, 186, 187, 190, 212, 214, 218, 219, 232, 242, 244, 249, 252, 255, 268, 269, 303, 311, 312, 342, 907, 931
When Metro operates a “When No University of Washington” (No UW) schedule, designated trips are canceled and identified in timetables for routes: 31, 32, 48, 65, 67, 68, 75, 167, 197, 271, 277, 331, 372, 373
Fremont routes that are NOT affected: 5, 26, 28, 82.
Visit Metro Online for complete information about Metro and regional transportation services. Visit Metro’s Service Advisories page for information about bus service that is affected by events or construction.
Seattle Parks and Recreation Martin Luther King, Jr. Day closures
Many Seattle Parks and Recreation facilities will be closed Monday, Jan. 19, in observance of Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
These facilities and services are CLOSED:
- Community centers
- Environmental learning centers
- Indoor swimming pools
- Green Lake Small Craft Center
- Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center
- Amy Yee Tennis Center
Information provided by Seattle Parks and Recreation
Normal Solid Waste Collections for MLK Holiday
Seattle food and yard waste, garbage and recycling collections will be on normal schedule for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, Monday. Seattle Public Utilities (SPU) customers should place their containers out for collection by 7 a.m. to ensure collection.
The South Transfer Station in the South Park area will be open on Monday, Jan. 19, from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Information provided by Seattle Waste Management
Seattle Public Libraries closed Monday January 19th
All branches of the Seattle Public Library and the book drops at the Central Library will be closed for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day on Monday January 19th. Branches will resume normal hours on Tuesday January 20th.
And if you want to eat for a good cause check this event out:
Family Works Food Bank Fundraiser
5p, Pecado Bueno (4307 Fremont Ave N)
$15 all-you-can-eat-Taco-bar!! Help raise money for the hungry with music by Tangletown String Band