What's Open on MLK Day in Chatham?

Here's a look at what's happening in town on Monday.

Monday is celebrated as a state and federal holiday in celebration of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. 

This year, Martin Luther King Day coincides with Inauguration Day, which is celebrated on Jan 20—or, if Jan. 20 should be a Sunday, on the Monday following.

President Barack Obama was technically sworn in for his second term at noon Sunday, but formal observances will be held Monday in Washington, DC. 

This is the first time in two years students in the School District of the Chathams have been able to stay home in observance of the holiday. The Board of Education canceled the holiday in 2012 to make up for school days canceled in the October 2011 snowstorm.

When Hurricane Sandy hit in October 2012, the school board debated but ultimately decided not to hold school on the holiday for a second year.

Wondering what to expect as you wake up Monday?

  • The Library of the Chathams will open at 9:30 a.m. 
  • State and local government offices and courts will be closed.
  • Post offices will be closed; there will be no regular mail delivery.
  • Banks have the option to close.
  • Financial and stock markets will be closed Monday.
  • NJ Transit trains will run on an major holiday/weekend schedule.
  • Bus schedules will vary by route and some routes may be affected.
  • PATH trains will operate on a regular weekday schedule.
  • Local businesses have the option to close. If you know of local stores and restaurants that will be open Monday, let us know in the comments below!


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