For only the second time in history, Martin Luther King Jr. Day and the public ceremony for the presidential inauguration will occur on the same day: Jan. 21, 2013.
Ronald Reagan's second inauguration also coincided with Martin Luther King Jr. Day, on Jan. 21, 1985. The 20th Amendment (ratified in 1933) to the U.S. Constitution changed the beginning of the presidential term from March 4 to Jan. 20, so the president will be sworn in privately on Sunday, the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies reported on its website.
While traveling into the district this Monday will be more complicated than usual due to road closures, Metro station closures and a number of no-parking zones, the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday is a federal holiday, meaning that federal and local government offices, banks and post offices will be closed.
In Montgomery and Prince George's Counties, as well as in DC, schools and libraries will be closed, and Ride On buses will operate on modified schedules. Parking meter fees will not be enforced. Read more about how to get to the city on Monday on Patch.
In Prince George's County, trash pickup will operate on a regular schedule, while the schedule will slide by one day in Montgomery County.
Also, Montgomery County will present its annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service.
What are your plans for Martin Luther King Jr./Inauguration Day? Will you be venturing into DC? Tell us in the comments.