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Martin Luther King Jr. Day honors the groundbreaking work of minister and civil rights activist Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. There are many meaningful ways to remember King’s legacy, including learning about voting rights, revisiting one of King’s many historic speeches, and supporting Black-owned and managed businesses such as Clare, Fenty Beauty and Briogeo Hair.
While MLK Day is not typically a large shopping holiday, the event happens to fall between seasons, so many retailers offer markdowns on mattresses, smart tech, furniture, clothing and more to make way for new inventory. This year, the three-day weekend includes massive deals on several most-wanted brands, like Tuft & Needle and Kate Spade.
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MLK Day sales have already started, so we’re tracking down the best savings and will continue updating through the holiday weekend.
When is MLK Day 2022?
Historically, MLK Day is observed on the third Monday in January. This year, the federal holiday falls on Monday, January 17. The annual day of remembrance celebrates the birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., although King’s actual birthday falls on January 15.
How to celebrate MLK Day
Take a step back and observe MLK Day by learning more about the late civil rights leader’s mission. Educating yourself about systemic racism and voting rights are just a couple of ways to commemorate the day. Revisit history by remembering the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and honoring his lasting impact on the world by reading his many historic speeches.
Meanwhile, you can celebrate the beauty of the United States by heading to a National Park. This year on MLK Day, all 423 National Park Service locations will waive entrance fees in honor of the civil rights hero.
The best MLK Day sales to shop right now
Aerie: Shop sweaters, sweatshirts and cold-weather accessories at up to 50% off, plus get as much as 60% off the Aerie collection.
AllModern: Decorate your home with must-have décor and furniture from AllModern. Shop the sale section right now for up to 30% off. Meanwhile, use coupon code GET15 at checkout to enjoy an extra 15% off your purchase through Monday, January 17.
American Eagle: Take up to 60% off clearance styles—including up to 20% off jeans and joggers—right now at American Eagle.
Anthropologie: For a limited time get an extra 40% off sale styles and enjoy free shipping on all orders of $50 or more. Included in the sale are tons of massive markdowns on home goods, clothes, shoes and more.
Avocado: Shop the New Year sale and get two free pillows with any mattress purchase with coupon code NEWYEAR, plus get $100 off bed frames and adjustable bases when you enter discount code FRAMED at checkout.
Bath & Body Works: Right now, get up to 75% off select items during the Bath & Body Works Semi-Annual Sale. Save on moisturizers, candles, fragrances and more.
Bass Pro Shops: Save big on outdoor essentials during the Gear Up for the New Year sale through Wednesday, January 19.
Bed Bath & Beyond: Save up to 50% on clearance items during the four day Winter Weekend Savings sale. Shop markdowns on bedding, dining, vacuums and more.
Briogeo Hair: This Black-owned beauty brand makes some of the best deep conditioning hair masks on the market, and, right now, you can save as much as $25 on select holiday kits. Meanwhile, get a free mini hair mask with select purchases and enjoy free shipping on orders of $60 or more.
Brooklyn Bedding: Cozy up with dreamy deals at Brooklyn Bedding. The popular sleep retailer is offering 50% off sheets plus 25% off everything else sitewide through Monday, January 17 when you use discount code MLK25 at checkout.
Cabela’s: Shop winter weather essentials and save up to 40% on clothing and footwear, as much as 33% on hunting gear and up to 20% on fishing gear.
Clare: Shop this Black-owner interior paint company and save $5 on two or more Peel & Stick swatch kits when you enter coupon code NEWHUE22 at checkout.
Coach Outlet: Coach Outlet is offering as much as 75% off already discounted styles during its Deals, Deals, Deals event. Meanwhile, scoop even steeper savings with an extra 15% off select bags and accessories.
Crate & Barrel: Take 50% off already discounted sale items during the Big Winter Clearance Event. Shop markdowns on kitchen essentials, furniture and more.
Express: Save up to 50% off sitewide during the Long Weekend sale. Meanwhile, save even more when you shop the buy one, get one 50% off deals on select styles.
Fenty Beauty: Shop Rihanna’s top-notch beauty brand and get a free three-piece gift with all orders of $50 or more through Monday, January 17.
Forever 21: Get an extra 50% off almost everything for a limited time.
Home by BE: Shop unique and curated furniture and home décor at Home by BE, a best-selling Black-owned home brand. New customers can save 10% on their first order by entertaining the discount code WELCOMEHOME at checkout.
J.Crew: Get an extra 50% off already discounted fashion pieces when you use coupon code EPIC at checkout.
Kate Spade: Need a new handbag? Today’s your lucky day. Shop totes, crossbodies and more at Kate Spade and take an extra 30% off already reduced sale styles when you enter discount code LNGWKND at checkout.
Keurig: Calling all coffee lovers—through Wednesday, January 19 you can save 20% on coffee makers at Keurig when you enter discount code SNOWYBREW at checkout. Meanwhile, if you need K-Cups, you can save 25% on McCafé coffee pods with coupon code MCCAFEDONATE.
Kohl’s: Shop sales galore this weekend at Kohl’s with markdowns on fashion pieces, home goods and more. Plus, take an extra 15% off your purchase through Monday, January 17 when you enter coupon code SHOP15 at checkout.
Leesa: Shop Leesa’s Year End sale and save as much as $400 on mattresses through the end of the month. Better still, get bedding and cushions at up to 30% off and shop bedding bundles at as much as 15% off.
Old Navy: Refresh your closet with savings of up to 75% on clearance styles and as much as 50% on almost everything else at Old Navy.
Overstock: Get 70% off thousands of items, including furniture, rugs, mattresses and storage must-haves during this huge home sale.
Paula’s Choice: Shop massive markdowns on top-rated skincare essentials and get 20% off when you buy two or more items through Tuesday, January 18.
Pottery Barn: Get up to 20% off bedding items during Pottery Barn’s Big Refresh sale and enjoy free shipping, too.
Savage x Fenty: Rihanna’s cult-favorite line of body-inclusive bras and underwear are currently ringing up for as much as 50% off for Xtra VIP members. Not already a VIP member? Sign up here to unlock this exclusive sale.
Target: Shop women’s and men’s activewear starting at just $10, plus get 20% off select fitness gear and BOGO 50% off vitamins and nutrition items.
Tatcha: Shop cult-favorite beauty products from Tatcha and receive a free mystery bag of top-tier skincare products with purchases of $100 of more. Just enter coupon code SURPRISE22 at checkout to snag the freebies.
What are the best MLK Day sales?
Many retailers commemorate MLK Day with various sales and shopping events. This year, like in years past, many stores are already offering early access to tons of markdowns. Whether you’re looking for something for your home, closet or kitchen, there are tons of MLK Day sales you can shop right now.
For instance, if you’re looking for beauty products, you can shop Fenty Beauty, Rihanna’s popular beauty brand, and, for a limited time, snatch a free three-piece gift with every purchase of $50 or more. Meanwhile, if you want to finish a few projects around the house, head to Lowe’s to pick up tools and home improvement essentials. You can shop the retailer’s daily deals section for big bargains on customer-favorite items and save on select best-selling appliances, too.
What should you buy during MLK Day?
In years past, the three-day holiday weekend has seen deep discounts on fashion pieces, mattresses and home essentials, and this year is no different. Throughout the weekend, you can shop massive markdowns on handbags, winter wardrobe essentials and must-have beauty products.
This year’s lineup of MLK Day sales is also packed with epic sleep sales, so if you’re in the market for mattresses or some new bedding, now’s a great time to buy. January is already an excellent time to shop bedding and linen markdowns, so these limited-time holiday discounts make for even bigger savings. Below, you’ll find all the best sales you can shop during this three-day weekend.
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