Martin Luther King Day, which takes place on January 18, is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service, designed to serve as “a day on, not a day off.” Despite that, a YouGov poll indicates that only 4% of Americans intend to volunteer over the long weekend.
Most Americans (56%) will be relaxing at home. One-quarter (27%) intend to spend time with family, while one in five plans to exercise (21%) or work (18%).
While 9% of Americans intend to spend time with friends over the long weekend, 18-to 24-year-olds are more than twice as likely (21%) to do so. This age group is also the most likely to spend the weekend with family (39%) or working (26%).
Methodology: 6,102 US adults aged 18+ were asked “How would you rate your opinion of Martin Luther King Jr.?” and “Which, if any, of the following activities do you plan to do over Martin Luther King Jr. Day weekend (January 16 - 18)? Please select all that apply.” The survey was conducted between January 8 – 11, 2021. The responding sample is weighted to provide a representative sample of the United States.