The dedication of the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial this weekend is canceled due to the threat of heavy weather from Hurricane Irene.
All events scheduled later than 2 p.m. EDT Saturday on the National Mall in Washington, including Sunday’s dedication and speech by President Barack Obama, will not take place, according to the National Park Service and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
The dedication and celebrations are postponed indefinitely, according to the Associated Press, which cited an email message from the architect.
Organizers had expected as many as 250,000 visitors for events over Saturday and Sunday.
Hurricane Irene is forecast to hit Washington Sunday afternoon or evening.