January 18 is Doctor Martin Luther King Junior Day, which is a federal holiday.

Banks and most government offices are closed and there is no mail delivery. Some companies take a "floating holiday" while others maintain business as usual. It's always a good idea to call ahead on holidays to see if stores, offices or services are available for the day.

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Normally, there would be speakers, ceremonies and a march in Binghamton to mark the occasion, but most traditional observances have been canceled or moved to virtual venues due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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The United Way of Broome County and other local organizations are using the holiday as an opportunity for a day of service.  The United Way has  put together a list of activities and actions that can happen while practicing social distancing and other pandemic protocols.  Visit www.uwbroome.org.

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