TAMPA, Fla. — It has been a little more than 50 years since Martin Luther King’s assassination. His iconic “I Have a Dream” speech still resonates today.

Those four little words, in which King spoke of expanding American values to include the vision of a color-blind society, paint a picture of an America where hard work and good character matter more than a person’s appearance. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is January 21, and many people will be celebrating the life and legacy of Dr. King. 

Here is a list of MLK events across the Bay area: 

MLK Day at Great Explorations Museum

  • Janurary 15 from 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. 
  • Learn about and celebrate the life, words, and ideas of Dr. King. 
  • Located at 1925 4th Street N., St. Petersburg

City of Tampa MLK Day Parade

  • January 21 from 12 p.m. - 3 p.m. 
  • Two mile route winds through East Tampa
  • Parade travels along 15th Street and 21st Ave., ending at 21st Street and Osborne

Martin Luther King Remembrance

  • January 17 from 12 p.m. - 1 p.m. 
  • Celebrate, rember, and honor the life of Dr. King
  • Event hosted at the C.W. Bill Young VA Medical Center
  • Located at 10,000 Bay Pines Blvd., Bay Pines

MLK Dream Big Parade in St. Petersburg

  • January 21 at 11 a.m. 
  • Parade to include over 100 units and bands
  • Located at 3rd Street and 1st Avenue South, St. Petersburg

MLK Family Fun Dayin St. Petersburg

  • January 21 from 2 p.m. - 6 p.m. 
  • Event follows the Dream Big parade.  
  • Tropicana Field turns into a festival ground with vendors, kids fun zone, education drive, and entertainment. 
  • Located at 1 Tropicana Drive, St. Petersburg

MLK Parade in Brooksville

  • January 21 from 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. 
  • Parade takes off at Hernando High School
  • Free event
  • Located at 700 Bell Avenue, Brooksville

MLK Day at Glazer Children's Museum

  • January 21, all day
  • Join the museum for MLK themed activities
  • Located at 110 W Gasparilla Plaza, Tampa 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Celebration at Coachman Park

  • January 21
  • Located at 301 Drew St, Clearwater