West Basin Drive, SW (map)

This event has been postponed. Visit the official website of the Dedication and read the statement released in the evening on August 25, 2011.

Justice|Democracy|Hope|Love.   Be a part of an historic event, the Dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial on the National Mall in Washington, DC, at 11 a.m. on Sunday, August 28, 2011. This ceremony will be the culmination of a week of events, inspired by the establishment of a permanent honor to one of our nation’s greatest citizen leaders. World leaders, civil rights pioneers, citizens who remember the hard days of segregation and those leading the next generation closer to Dr. King’s dream, will assemble together for the long-awaited celebration and remembrance.

The Memorial will be a lasting tribute to Dr. King’s legacy and will forever serve as a monument to the freedom, opportunity and justice for which he stood.

The Memorial will officially open to the public on Monday, August 22, 2011.

For the latest information and a detailed schedule of the week long events, visit Please check back often, for it will be updated frequently as Dedication planning progresses.

Road Closures and Parking Restrictions - The Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) and the U.S. Park Police have provided a list of road closures and restrictions on parking effective Saturday, August 27 and Sunday, August 28.


Visit our interactive map to view the options that are available for getting to this event.



The Metrorail and Metrobus are both excellent ways to get around the District and the entire DC area. Visit to plan your trip.

The closest Metrorail stations are:  Foggy Bottom, Farragut West, Smithsonian and L’Enfant Plaza Metro Stations on the Blue and Orange Lines.  L’Enfant Plaza Metro Station is also available from the Green and Yellow Lines. Other recommended stations are: Arlington Cemetery on the Blue and Yellow Lines and Farragut North on the Red Line.

The following Metrobus routes run on Independence Avenue: D51. Other nearby Metrobus routes are 13A, 13G, N2, N3, N4, N6, X1, X3, P1, P2, P6, 11Y, 52, 53 and 54.  As some routes may be impacted by road closures, please check Metro’s website for any route changes. All buses will be running on a Sunday schedule.


For walking directions from the different stations to the dedication ceremony, download this brochure with a detailed map and directions.


If you’re attending one of the six events being held at the Washington Convention Center, the Mt. Vernon Square Metro Station, on the Green and Yellow Lines, is located across from the Center.

MLK Commemorative Metrorail One Day Pass - A limited-edition paper pass to commemorate the dedication of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Memorial. Valid for one day of unlimited Metrorail travel on weekdays after 9:30 a.m. or all day Saturdays, Sundays or federal holidays. The pass expires at 4:00 a.m. on the day following first day of use.



At just $1 a trip, it’s hard to beat this easy way to get around town. The closest route is the Convention Center – SW Waterfront route. Visit for information on schedules and routes.



With over 1,100 bikes at over 115+ stations in the District and Arlington County, this on-demand mode of transportation is sure to get you on your way. And at just $5 for a 24-hour membership, it won’t break the bank either. There is a Capital Bikeshare station located at 19th  & Constitution Avenue, NW. Additional stations may be found at Virginia Ave & 21st St NW and 19th & E Street, NW.  For more information on annual or monthly memberships, or to check out the station locations, please visit

Due to large crowd expectancy, the availability of bikes and station docks may be limited. 



The memorial is a short walk from downtown DC and the National Mall. Attendees staying in the downtown area and in close proximity to the mall should walk or use public transportation or taxi to get as close to the memorial site as street closures permit. Download this brochure with walking directions to the Dedication Ceremony.



Due to increased security and various road closures, we strongly recommend cars and tour buses utilize the RFK stadium parking lot located at 2400 East Capitol Street, SE, Washington, DC just off I-295 and I-395.  Free shuttle service will be provided to/from this parking lot and the Dedication Ceremony.  On Sunday, August 28, 2011 shuttle service will begin at 7:00a.m.  Any attendees arriving at this lot later than 10:00 a.m. cannot be guaranteed entry into the event due to on-site security. Register your vehicle or motorcoach for a guaranteed parking spot.