After discovering that he would have no school on Monday, my son asked, “Mom, why do we have no school on days that aren’t really holidays and school on days that are holidays, like Halloween?”

Besides a surge of parental guilt that I had failed to instill in my son a deeper understanding of the importance of this day, I also realized that despite the fact that it may not include sugar-related traditions, it is a real holiday that we do celebrate. Martin Luther King Jr. Day is more than a celebration of the man, it’s a celebration of his mission, to do what he could with what he had, for the benefit of his fellow man. What better way to celebrate that, than by making the holiday that honors him a day of service?

“The time is always right to do what is right.”

— Martin Luther King Jr., from Oberlin College Commencement speech, 1965

There are plenty of opportunities to have fun this weekend. Be sure to also find an opportunity to serve. Here are a few suggestions of what to do in and around Bellingham for Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend. And don’t forget to check out our full events calendar for all the fun happenings in Whatcom County.

“Darkness cannot drive out darkness, only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate, only love can do that.”

—Martin Luther King Jr., from Strength to Love, 1963

Up Next Weekend:

“I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final word in reality. This is why right, temporarily defeated, is stronger than evil triumphant.”

—Martin Luther King Jr., from Nobel Peace Prize acceptance speech, Oslo, Norway, 1964.

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Feature photo credit: Jodi Broughton

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