MLK March 2024: What you need to know ahead of Monday’s event

On January 19, 1987, the commission and the City of San Antonio held its first official Martin Luther King, Jr. March, although marches had been held since 1968.

SAN ANTONIO — San Antonio is home to one of the biggest MLK marches in the country and 2024 is expected to be no different. 

The City of San Antonio is planning for a massive turnout once again this year and is offering options for people to park and ride. The event is hosted by the MLK Commission, which was created on April 3, 1986. On January 19, 1987, the commission and the City of San Antonio held its first official Martin Luther King, Jr. March, although marches had been held on the east side since 1968.

When is the march?

The MLK March takes place every year on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day, which is the third Monday of every January. This year, it takes place on January 15, 2024, which is Dr. King’s actual birthday.

The march begins at 10 a.m. but it is common for people to start mustering at the beginning as early as 9 a.m.

Where does the march begin and end?

The march begins at Martin Luther King Jr. Academy at 3501 Martin Luther King Drive at 10 a.m.

It goes through a 2.9 mile route ending at Pittman-Sullivan Park at 1101 Iowa St. A large festival with a main stage with multi-cultural performances, speakers, food vendors, health and wellness vendors and family activities are planned for the park.

See the map below for the full route.

March organizers note that no cars, motorcycles or other vehicles are allowed on the route during the event.

Via Park and Ride options

With more than 300,000 people expected to participate in the march, using Via’s free park and ride service is highly recommended. Passengers may access bus free service to the march from 8 to 10 a.m. at the following locations:

Freeman Coliseum
3201 E. Houston St. (Lot 1)
San Antonio, TX 78219

St. Philip’s College
1801 Martin Luther King Dr. (Lot 22)
San Antonio, TX 78203

The drop-off point for service to the march will be on MLK Drive, west of Upland Drive. 

Buses will return passengers to the original pick-up locations from 12 to 3 p.m. Participants may access return service at Pittman-Sullivan Park at 1011 Iowa Street. The buses will be clearly marked with either St. Philips College or Freeman Colliseum.

Click here for more information on the MLK March in 2024.

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