Celebrating MLK Jr. Day


Just a quick drive from your hotel in Santee and you’ll be in Los Angeles—home to some of the biggest and best Martin Luther King Jr. celebrations in the country. The Cake for King Celebration is a favorite, held at the California African American Museum. From 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. on Monday, you’ll find a variety of activities, programs and exhibitions for all ages. It’s an immersive experience with live music and food, as well as a complimentary slice of birthday cake for Dr. King.

The 30th Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Peace and Unity Parade boasts over 25,000 attendees every year. It starts at the corner of MLK and Atlantic in Long Beach at 10:30 a.m. After the parade, the festival keeps going until 6 p.m. with a number of activities as well as a carnival and plenty of food trucks.

Marching On

There’s also the 33rd Annual Kingdom Day Parade, which kicks off on the corner of MLK Jr. and Crenshaw Boulevard in Los Angeles. It’s one of the biggest in the country and you’ll likely spy a few celebrities. With the most impressive floats imaginable, the parade winds through the streets from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. You can also catch the march on TV.

Looking for a more low-key event with your little ones? Check out the Kiddie City MLK Day Celebration at Leimert Park. It starts at 3 p.m. and is a kingdom full of fun activities for children. You can join a drum party, play with arts and crafts, and learn to make a friendship chain. Admission is $15 and you’ll be treated to delicious snacks and live performances.