This week we will celebrate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., one of the country’s best-known civil rights activists.

Dr. King’s birthday is Jan. 15, but MLK Day is observed on the third Monday of the month. 

Several events are being held around the Tampa Bay area on Monday, Jan. 21 to honor and celebrate Dr. King.

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration in Clearwater

  • Where: North Greenwood Recreation Complex and Coachman Park
  • When: 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • What: The celebration includes breakfast at the recreation complex and a 10 a.m. march to Coachman Park
  • Cost: $5 for adults, $3 for children 10 and younger

MLK Day of Service in Plant City

  • Where: Bing Rooming House at 205 S Allen St.
  • When: 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
  • What: Volunteers meet to provide community service. Includes breakfast and lunch for all volunteers.
  • Cost: Free

Dream Clearwater MLK Run

  • Where: Memorial Causeway at the intersection of Court Street and Cleveland Street
  • When: 9 a.m.
  • What: A 5K run along Memorial Trail to recognize the Clearwater MLK Jr. Neighborhood Center Coalition
  • Cost: $15

Martin Luther King Jr. Parade in Brooksville

  • Where: Parade starts at Oakwood Drive
  • When: Parade begins at 10 a.m.
  • What: Those who participate in the parade will be judged on their MLK-themed decorations and spirit
  • Cost: Free

MLK Community Festival in Tampa

  • Where: Cyrus Greene Park/Belmont Heights Little League at 2101 Martin Luther King Boulevard
  • When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • What: An annual community gospel program with vendors, face painting and a bounce house
  • Cost: Free

Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Celebration in Port Richey

  • Where: Union Missionary Baptist Church at 6235 Pine Hill Road
  • When: 10:30 a.m.
  • What: You can join the African American Club of Pasco at the church for a march to the Booker T. Washington Schoolhouse and a ceremony
  • Cost: Free

MLK Dream Big Parade in St. Petersburg

  • Where: The Avenue at 330 First Avenue South
  • When: 11 a.m.
  • What: A parade to honor the life and dream of Martin Luther King Jr. 
  • Cost: Free

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Parade in Tampa

  • Where: Cuscaden Park at 2900 North 15th Street
  • When: 12 p.m. to 3 p.m.
  • What: An annual community parade that includes floats, cars, trucks, bands and more
  • Cost: Free

MLK Family Fun Day in St. Petersburg

  • Where: Tropicana Field at 1 Tropicana Drive (Outside Lot 6)
  • When: 2 p.m. to 6 p.m.
  • What: Community representatives and civic groups will host family activities and provide information on health, finances, child safety, employment, spirituality and more
  • Cost: Free

Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Hillsborough County Interfaith Service

  • Where: Allen Temple AME at 2101 Lowe Street in Tampa
  • When: 4 p.m.
  • What: A memorial service with music, speakers and awards for members of the community
  • Cost: Free

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Candlelight Vigil in St. Petersburg

  • Where: Dr. Carter G. Woodson African American Museum at 2240 Ninth Avenue South
  • When: 5 p.m. to 7 p.m.
  • What: A candlelight ceremony that will pay tribute to Martin Luther King Jr.s’ works
  • Cost: Free