NEW YORK - Americans are pausing nationwide to mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day with parades, marches and service projects.

The remembrances include a special service at Ebenezer Baptist Church in Atlanta, Ga., where the civil rights leader was pastor. In Memphis, Tenn., where he was assassinated, an audio recording of an interview with King will be played at the National Civil Rights Museum.

Volunteers across New York City will celebrate by participating in this year's MLK Day Serve-a-Thon. The event focuses on advancing food security in local communities.

City residents are also reminded that in observance of the holiday, there is no recycling, garbage collection or street cleaning.