WATCH: Martin Luther King Day Celebrations Held Throughout Brevard on Monday

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Events were held in Cocoa, Melbourne and Titusville

SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Space Coast Daily’s Chris Bonanno was live at a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Riverfront Park in Cocoa. Area residents celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Day on Monday at a variety of different events along the Space Coast. 

BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – Area residents celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Day on Monday at a variety of different events along the Space Coast. 

Space Coast Daily’s Chris Bonanno was live at a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration in Riverfront Park in Cocoa.

Prior to that, a parade was held along State Road 520 that stretched from Provost Park to Riverfront.

Bonanno was also live at a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration held at the Joe N. Davis Community Center off Grant St. in Melbourne.

Marches were also held in Titusville and Melbourne on Monday.

The holiday honoring Dr. King was first celebrated in 1986 and is celebrated on the third Monday of January each year.

SPACE COAST DAILY TV: Bonanno was also live at a Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration held at the Joe N. Davis Community Center off Grant St. in Melbourne. Area residents celebrated Dr. Martin Luther King Day on Monday at a variety of different events along the Space Coast. 

Martin Luther King Jr. Day is a federal holiday marking the birthday of Martin Luther King Jr. It is observed on the third Monday of January each year, which is around King’s birthday on January 15.

The holiday is similar to holidays set under the Uniform Monday Holiday Act.

King was the chief spokesman for nonviolent activism in the Civil Rights Movement, which successfully protested racial discrimination in federal and state law.

The campaign for a federal holiday in King’s honor began soon after his assassination in 1968.

President Ronald Reagan signed the holiday into law in 1983, and it was first observed three years later.

At first, some states resisted observing the holiday as such, giving it alternative names or combining it with other holidays. It was officially observed in all 50 states for the first time in 2000.

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