Martin Luther King Jr. Day

A Celebration of Human Rights
Martin Luther King Jr. Day is held on the third Monday of January each year. It is a U.S. federal holiday that honors civil rights leader and activist, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

MLK Day is a day to remember and celebrate Dr. King's life and his contributions to the civil rights movement. It is also a time to reflect on the ongoing struggle for civil rights, equality, and justice. The holiday traditionally is a day for reflection, community service, and celebrating Dr. King’s leadership in the civil rights movement, and his dedication to achieving racial equality through nonviolent means.

Schedule of City Services
The City of Coralville will observe the following hours and services on Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, January 15, 2024:

  • City Hall and City offices: Open normal hours. 
  • Trash and recycling: Picked up on schedule. The Drive-In Recycling Center (212 1st Street) is open normal hours, 7:00 am to 3:00 pm.
  • Coralville Transit: Buses run a Saturday route and schedule. View bus maps and schedules. For Transit information, call 319.248.1790.
  • Recreation Center: Open regular hours, 9:00 am to 9:00 pm. Due to events, the Small Gym and Exercise Room will be closed from 12:30-5:30 pm, and the Big Gym will be closed from 1:30-4:30 pm. 
  • Indoor Pool: Open. View the Indoor Pool schedule.
  • Library: Open normal hours, 10:00 am to 7:00 pm.
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Special Events in Coralville
The City of Coralville will honor Martin Luther King Jr.'s vision and leadership with special events. Come together to celebrate the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with an afternoon of festivities, service, and learning. Activities are family-friendly and free.

Monday, January 15, 2024  |  Event Schedule

Mural

12:00-4:00 pm at Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th St.):
Help paint a community mural at the Coralville Recreation Center with local artist Ali Hval!

Help bring Ali's mural design to life! Sign up for a 40-minute time slot to paint, and contribute to artwork that will leave a lasting impression on our community! Instruction will be provided, and non-artists are welcome.
Sign up to help paint a mural


2:00-4:30 pm at Coralville Recreation Center (1506 8th St.):

  • Help paint a community mural in the Recreation Center. Sign up to paint from 12:00-4:00 pm (see above)
  • 2:00-3:00 pm: Live music from Blake Shaw 
  • 3:15-4:30 pm: Live music from Charlotte Blu
  • Activities with the Iowa Children's Museum
  • Create an MLK collage: Words Are Powerful
  • Participate in a community service project
  • Recreational games in the gym: Nine Square in the Air, spot shot contest, and obstacle course
  • Refreshments provided by local businesses

4:30-6:30 pm at Coralville Public Library (1401 5th St.):

  • 4:30-5:45 pm: Live music from Blake Shaw
  • 5:30 pm: Community reading of Dr. King's "I Have a Dream" speech
  • Volunteer information fair: learn about local volunteer opportunities in Coralville and Johnson County
  • Participate in a community outreach project
  • Refreshments provided by local businesses

For more information, contact:
Amy Erickson, Recreation Superintendent, at 319.248.1750 or email Amy Erickson.
Ellen Hampe Alexander, Assistant Library Director, at 319.248.1850 or email Ellen Hampe Alexander.

Ali Hval

Artist Ali Hval
Visual artist Ali Hval has completed over 40 public murals and projects in communities across the U.S. Ali Hval website

Blake Shaw

Musician Blake Shaw
Blake is a double bassist, composer/arranger, teacher, and singer.   Blake Shaw website

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Musician Charlotte Blu
Charlotte is a vocalist, songwriter, musician, and performer whose music is rooted in soul and blues.  Charlotte Blu website

Where to Park 
Free parking is available at the Coralville Recreation Center, with additional parking across the street at Northwest Junior High School. Free parking is available at the Coralville Public Library.

What Bus Route to Take
On Monday, January 15, 2024 due to the holiday, Coralville Transit will be operating Route 25-Saturday route and schedule. View bus maps and schedules.

Which Bus Stop to Exit the Bus
If you take Coralville Transit Route 25-Saturday route to the Recreation Center or Library on January 15, 2024, exit the bus at the bus stop closest to each facility:

Taking the bus to the Recreation Center:
  • If boarding the bus from within Coralville (north of 6th St. and east of 14th Ave.) or from the Iowa City area: exit the bus at the stop at the southeast corner of 14th Ave. and 8th St.  
  • If boarding the bus from north of 8th St. and west of 14th Ave.: exit the bus at the stop at 5th St. and 12th Ave. 
  • Plan your bus trip using Google Maps or call Coralville Transit at 319.248.1790.
Taking the bus to the Library:
  • If boarding the bus from within Coralville (north of 6th St. and east of 14th Ave.) or from the Iowa City area: exit the bus at the stop at the northeast corner of 7th St. and 12th Ave. 
  • If boarding the bus from north of 8th St. and west of 14th Ave.: exit the bus at the stop at 5th St. and 12th Ave.
  • Plan your bus trip using Google Maps or call Coralville Transit at 319.248.1790.

Other Ways to Celebrate Martin Luther King Day

  • Attend commemorative events: Events throughout Johnson County celebrate Dr. King’s life and message. Celebration of Human Rights Week
  • Participate in community service: Volunteer or help with service projects that align with Dr. King’s commitment to social justice.
  • Education: Learn more about the civil rights movement. Read, watch documentaries, or visit a relevant museum or historical site. View informative films, including documentaries about Martin Luther King Jr. and civil rights films, on Kanopy, which provides free access to thousands of movies with your library card. View movies on Kanopy
  • Reflect and spread awareness: Take time to reflect on the progress made in the fight for civil rights and consider how you can contribute to a more just society. Share Dr. King’s messages of equality, love, and nonviolence to inspire others.