City of Norman to observe, participate in MLK Day of Service with Interfaith Breakfast and Community Cleanup efforts

City Administrative Offices closed on 1/15/24

UPDATE, POSTED 1/11/24: Due to the anticipated forecast, Norman’s 2024 Interfaith Breakfast that was set to occur on 1/15/24 has been postponed. Information on its rescheduling will be announced at a later date. The Human Rights Commission and City of Norman thank you for your interest in this event and wish you a safe MLK Day.

UPDATE, POSTED 1/10/24: Due to anticipated weather forecasts, the community park cleanups as part of MLK Day observances in Norman have been postponed to 1/27/24 and 1/28/24. Online signup information for interested parties will be forthcoming.


POSTED 12/20/23: City of Norman administrative offices will be closed 1/15/24 to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Normal business hours will resume 1/16/24. 

Solid Waste Collection services – to include commercial, household and recycling – will run as normally scheduled on 1/15/24. The compost facility and transfer station will also be open during their traditional business hours. Learn more at:

City of Norman Recreation Centers will be closed 1/15/24, with the exception of the 12th Avenue Recreation Center that will be operating an Out of School Camp. To learn more, call 405.366.5472.

Public transportation services, both EMBARK Norman ( and Norman On-Demand (, will operate on 1/15/24.

Additional information about City-sponsored community events on 1/15/24 can be found below.


The City of Norman, in coordination with the Norman Human Rights Commission, will host the 2024 Interfaith Breakfast on 1/15/24 inside of Fenn Hall at McFarlin Memorial United Methodist Church, 419 S. University Boulevard. A continental breakfast begins at 8 a.m., followed by the event program at 8:30 a.m.

This year’s theme is “Community of Prayer for Togetherness,” and the keynote speaker is Steve Hardeman. All are welcome to attend; space is limited to the first 200 event goers. Register to attend at:


Interested volunteers may sign up as individuals or groups to provide litter cleanup services at community parks. Volunteers can choose a park by signing up online at:

Groups or individuals are encouraged to sign up by 1/11/24; supplies for cleanup will be provided by the City of Norman at no cost and may be picked up from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on 1/12/24 in the lobby area of the Development Center, 225 N. Webster. Upon pickup of supplies, parties will receive instruction on how and where to leave trash after their cleanup.

Other ways to give back can be researched through Americorps – the United States government agency spearheading MLK Day observations nationwide – at

“Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., dedicated his life to serving others and working to improve their lives in so many ways,” Mayor Heikkila said. “It is only fitting that we join hearts and hands in community service projects across our city during this special day of remembrance.”

In the case of inclement weather, participants should visit for updates.