The 2019 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday is Monday, January 21. Government offices, libraries, and some businesses will be closed in observance of the civil rights leader’s birthday. Around Reno and Sparks, there will be some events and activities for those wishing to observe and celebrate Dr. King’s legacy. There will also be volunteer opportunities with the concurrent Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is one of the dates in 2019 when there is free admission to our national parks and other public lands. For more information about free admission days, refer to “Free Days to Visit National Parks and Public Lands.”


On New Year’s Eve, there will be no problem finding places to celebrate and bring in 2019 in the Reno / Lake Tahoe area.

New Year's fireworks in downtown Reno, Nevada

Happy New Year! Photo © Stan White

New Year’s Eve will feature numerous big parties in Reno and Sparks, in the casinos, nightclubs and just about every other nightlife establishment. Downtown Reno will feature a midnight fireworks show to bring in 2019. I’ve seen this before and it’s a spectacular display. It’s also fun to get down with all the people around the Reno Arch and cheer for a better year to come. Count on it being chilly and be sure to dress for a cold temperatures.

Up at Lake Tahoe, several of the ski resorts will be putting on parties and other events to celebrate the New Year. For example, Mt. Rose Ski Tahoe will be having fireworks and a torchlight parade to bring in the New Year. The weather will be similar to the Reno area, possibly even colder. Brrrr! You can also party in the New Year at South Lake Tahoe casinos.

All that celebrating is sure to stimulate an appetite. When you get hungry, there are several choices to where to dine on New Year’s Eve. Learn where the eating is good at “New Year’s Eve Dining Around Reno and Sparks.”

The natural Christmas tree that served you well through the holiday season can continue to be useful through proper recycling.

Keep Truckee Meadows Beautiful (KTMB), along with support from local governments and businesses, will be offering Christmas tree recycling at several locations around the Truckee Meadows and Washoe County. Trees will be accepted daily, between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., from December 26, 2018 through January 7, 2019. They will be chipped and the mulch used by local parks, landscapers, and residents. A donation of $3 per tree is asked to help support this and other KTMB programs. Get the details about recycling locations from “Christmas Tree Recycling in the Reno and Sparks Area.”

KTMB needs volunteers to help with the Christmas tree recycling project. You can sign up online and choose the location where you would like to work. For more information or to volunteer by phone, call (775) 851-5185.