Aurora and Elgin each have great schedules of events for the weekend of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Here is a summary of those events, plus a list of what’s open and what’s closed on MLK Day 2020.
3 Days of Activities in Aurora
Aurora will honor the life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. in a series of public events this weekend.
On Martin Luther King Day — Monday, Jan. 20 — the city of Aurora will host the 35th annual MLK Ceremony at 6:30 p.m. at Waubonsie Valley High School, 2590 Ogden Ave.
With the theme ‘From Dreams to Visions to Victory,” the celebration will feature oratorical and musical performances by local students, a highlight of mentoring programs in Aurora, a presentation of the Donna J. Williams Service Awards and the Mayor’s Service Above Self Awards and remarks from special guests Political Analyst April Ryan and Pastor Smokie Norful.
The ceremony will conclude a weekend-long celebration of Dr. King, which includes other events:
I DREAM, TOO — 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020
A mentoring workshop for young men in elementary and middle school, the I Dream, Too meeting will be held at the Aurora Public Library. High school and college mentors will help students build dream boards and talk about Dr. King’s dream.
BREAK THE STAGE — 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020
Dr. King was a member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. Following in the stepping tradition of Divine 9 fraternities and sororities, the Break the Stage Step Competition will be held at Waubonsie Valley High School with celebrity host V103 radio personality Bionce Fox.
Cost: $10 for children | $15 for adults
MLK LUNCHEON — 12:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020
AGAPE Connection and Cathedral of Grace hosts the 19th MLK Luncheon at the Hyatt Regency Hotel featuring the MLK Oratorical Competition, the MLK Awards and other special performances.
Tickets are $75. Call 630-898-5333.
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE’S BLUEPRINT? — 6 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020
Based on a speech delivered to students by Dr. King in 1967, the ‘What is Your Life’s Blueprint?’ will be held at the Aurora Police Department for all students in high school and college. Mayor Irvin will be joined by author Kevin Davenport to speak with students about their life’s blueprint and planning for lifelong success.
MLK CONCERT — 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020
The Voices and Alderman Scheketa Hart-Burns present the annual MLK Concert at Main Baptist Church featuring The Voices Community Choir, Minister Tim White, the Universal Show Choir, a special tribute to the late Elder Byron Berry and so much more
MLK PRAYER BREAKFAST — 9 a.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2020
The FVCMA and Aurora Township will hold the annual MLK Community Prayer Breakfast at Gayles Memorial Baptist Church. Free, but space is limited
DAY OF SERVICE — 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday, Jan. 20, 2020
Students and their parents can volunteer to serve on MLK Day during the annual Day of Service. 13 locations and more than 300 volunteer slots are going fast. All volunteers will be honored at the City’s MLK Ceremony on the same day at 6:30 p.m.
Sign up at www.aurora-il.org/MLK.
SOURCE: city of Aurora
Elgin Celebrates MLK Day
Your support can come in the form of purchasing an ad for a 2020 calendar which will be distributed at the Annual Prayer Breakfast and sold at City Hall.
Your ad and business card donations will be used to help off-set the general costs of all activities, including supporting the scholarships which will be presented to graduating high school students from Elgin. Your support will help us carry forward the dream of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
For information on purchasing anything from a business card size ad to an entire page, see the attached letter.
Martin Luther King Jr. Community Food Drive
In 2019, Elgin collected and distributed 60,000 pounds of food and personal care items for Elgin’s needy families.
SOURCE: city of Elgin website
What’s Open, Closed MLK Day
With the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday on Monday, Jan. 20, here’s a quick look at what is open and closed in Kane County, IL.
- Most retail businesses are open Monday, Jan. 21, 2019. That includes department stores, restaurants and grocery stores.
Cities and Villages
The following is information on non-emergency office hours for Monday, Jan. 20, in Kane County villages and cities based on the calendar information of each office’s website. Click here for links to local government offices in Kane County.
Generally, garbage and recycling collection will not be affected by MLK day. The waste haulers we contacted said regular collection schedules will be maintained Monday — but it’s always a good idea to check with local public works offices at the links below to make sure.
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- Village of Algonquin offices appear open.
- City of Aurora offices are closed.
- City of Batavia offices are closed.
- Village of Big Rock offices are closed.
- Village of Campton Hills offices are closed.
- Village of Carpentersville offices are closed.
- Village of East Dundee offices are open.
- Village of Elburn offices are closed.
- City of Elgin offices are closed.
- City of Geneva offices are closed.
- Village of Gilberts offices are open.
- Village of Hampshire offices are open.
- Village of Huntley offices are closed.
- Village of Lily Lake offices are closed.
- Village of Maple Park offices are open.
- Village of Montgomery offices are closed.
- Village of North Aurora offices are open.
- Village of Pingree Grove offices are open.
- Village of Sleepy Hollow offices are open.
- Village of South Elgin offices are closed.
- City of St. Charles offices are open.
- Village of Sugar Grove offices are closed.
- Village of West Dundee offices are open.
Federal government offices, banks, post offices and schools are closed for the national holiday.
- Kane County non-emergency offices are closed Monday, Jan. 20.
- Kane County Connects daily e-newsletter has the day off. (Click here to sign up for the daily or weekly e-newsletter!)
- The Kane County Clerk’s Office divisions of Vital Records, Passports and Tax Extension in the Geneva and Aurora offices will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, 2019, for the MLK Day holiday.
- Kane County’s 16th Circuit Court offices will be closed for the holiday.
Libraries are open on MLK Day, but it’s a good idea to check with your local library before you go.
Here are links to library districts in Kane County:
- Algonquin Area Public Library
- Aurora Public Library
- Bartlett Public Library
- Batavia Public Library
- Big Rock Public Library
- Elgin Community College Library
- Ella Johnson Memorial Public Library
- Fox River Valley Libraries
- Gail Borden Public Library
- Geneva Public Library
- Huntley Area Public Library
- Kane County Law Library
- Kaneville Public Library
- Maple Park Public Library
- Messenger Public Library of North Aurora
- Oswego Public Library
- St. Charles Public Library
- Sugar Grove Public Library
- Town & Country Public Library District
- Waubonsee Community College Library
Metra trains typically run on a regular weekday schedule. Click this link for more information.
Most park districts facilities are open Monday, Jan. 20, but check the following links for your local district’s info.
- Aurora Parks & Recreation
- Barrington Countryside Park District
- Batavia Park District
- Big Rock Park District
- Dundee Township Park District
- Elgin Parks & Recreation
- Fox Valley Park District
- Geneva Park District
- Hampshire Park District
- Hoffman Estates Park District
- Huntley Park District
- Oswegoland Park District
- St. Charles Park District
- South Elgin Parks & Recreation
- Sugar Grove Park District
- Sycamore Park District
- Village of Bartlett Park District
- Postal offices are closed on Monday, Jan. 20, for the MLK Day holiday.
- Most local public schools are closed. According to the Illinois Association of School Boards 2019-20 school calendar, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a legal school holiday.
- Click here for links to Kane County schools and school districts.
- Most community colleges, colleges and universities are closed on MLK Day, but check these links for Kane County.
State of Illinois
Proudly, Illinois was the first state to adopt MLK Day, in 1973. It wasn’t until 1993 that that all 50 states held MLK Day in one form or another — and even then it was “sometimes under a different name, and not always as a paid state holiday,” according to infoplease.com.