Same scene, different season: The dedication of the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial, postponed because of Hurricane Irene, is now scheduled for next Sunday. This time, the planned ceremony will be smaller and the weather cooler than the original date of Aug. 28. Still, the memorial’s location offers some challenges for those planning to attend the event.
This guide will remind visitors of the best routes to reach the dedication and offer some help on reaching the memorial at other times as well.
Because a smaller ceremony is envisioned and because we’ve left the summer travel season behind, planners no longer anticipate a national crowd of about a quarter-million people. Still, the event could draw tens of thousands of spectators.
The dedication is scheduled for 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. No tickets are required. The public will watch from West Potomac Park, the grassy area on the west side of the memorial off Independence Avenue SW. Organizers encourage people to bring folding chairs and picnic blankets. There will be music and speakers on a stage in the park. The concluding element of the dedication will occur in the forecourt of the Memorial. It will be visible on the Jumbotrons in the park.