2023 Martin Luther King Jr. Day Observations in and around Oakland County

Washington: Martin Luther King, Jr memorial monument on September 2, 2015 in Washington, DC.

As we reflect of the life of Dr. King, we cannot do so without considering his legacy of service to mankind. Observed as a national day of service, Martin Luther King Jr. Day encourages people to volunteer to improve their communities. Honor Martin Luther King, Jr. this upcoming MLK Day on Monday, January 16, by attending an event or participating in a day of service.

Learn more about the MLK Day of Service on their website, where you can also search for volunteer opportunities or register a project. The United Way and Volunteer Match have additional resources and opportunities to make it a “day on, not a day off.”

This year also marks the inaugural Oakland County Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. Organized by the Oakland County Equity Council, various service projects were made available to Oakland County employees at several locations throughout the county.

“It is our hope that our staff throughout the county, in whatever ways they are able to do so, will assist us in demonstrating Oakland County’s commitment to the mission of Justice and Equality that Dr. King fought for so vehemently.”

​Oakland County Chief Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Officer, Harry Weaver III

While Oakland County, Michigan Government offices are closed on Monday, January 16, Oakland County Parks and Recreation is offering a Free Park Entry Day in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. for the public to enjoy free daily park entry with access to natural areas, trails, dog parks, playgrounds, fishing spots and park amenities.

Browse the list of observations and commemorative events happening in and around Oakland County below:

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‘Tis the Season for Celebrating in Oakland County

Tree lighting festival

Can you feel the excitement and anticipation in the air? The holiday season is officially here and we’re thrilled to share our list of holiday events happening in Oakland County. There are so many ways to delight in the magic of the season during this special time of year.

View our list of Holiday Happenings. You’ll find everything from parades and seasonal excursions to performances, holiday markets, and craft fairs. Kids, young and old, are sure to have a jolly time!

Bundle up and have a blast this holiday season in Oakland County! Please check event websites for dates and times. Some events are one day only and others are on weekends only.

Do you know of any other Holiday Happenings in and around the Oakland County area? Let us know about them by contacting us at socialmedia@oakgov.com or leaving a comment below.


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2022 Oakland County Manufacturing Day

Student at Manufacturing Day

On Friday, October 7th, Oakland County Michigan Works!, in partnership with Oakland County, Oakland Schools, and Oakland Community College, hosted the first in-person Manufacturing Day since 2019. A total of 32 advanced manufacturing facilities in Oakland County opened their doors to more than 750 high school students from 17 school districts and four technical campuses.

This was the eighth year Oakland County has participated in National Manufacturing Day, designed to introduce students to the many in-demand, rewarding careers in modern manufacturing and the skilled trades. These include quality control, logistics, welding, design and engineering, maintenance, PLC robotics, mechatronics, metallurgy, metrology, and project management.

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Celebrate the Halloween Season at Events Throughout Oakland County

Oakland County is home to spooky and not-so-scary Halloween events and attractions all season long! Take a peek into just three local Halloween attractions in our videos below where you can stroll through Glenlore Trails’ Haunted Forest in Commerce, head to the Detroit Zoo in Royal Oak for some trick or treating and more during Zoo Boo, or test your scare limit at the Erebus Haunted Attraction in Pontiac.

Looking for more spine-tingling thrills this Halloween? Then check out our full list of Haunted Oakland County Fun or visit our interactive map of Spooky Spots. Interested in something a little less frightening? Check out our 2022 Oakland County Family Friendly Halloween attractions list or our Cider Mills list. Using them, you’ll find the perfect place for cider, donuts and activities for a not-so-spooky fall day.

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Spooky Spots in Oakland County

Entrance to Erebus haunted house

Oakland County is full of haunted houses, spooky trails, and scary events to get your fill of fright this season! Whether you’re looking to scream, heighten your heartbeat, or have fun with your friends and family, Oakland County is the place to be.

Use our interactive map and list below to find a spooky spot near you. Interested in something a little less frightening? Check out our 2022 Oakland County Fall Fun list or our Cider Mills list. Using them, you’ll find the perfect place for cider, donuts and activities for a not-so-spooky fall day.

map of spooky spots in Oakland County
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